Brazil’s Bolsonaro is indicted for first time over alleged falsification of his own vaccination data

March 20, 2024

SAO PAULO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was formally accused Tuesday of falsifying his COVID-19 vaccination data, marking the first indictment for the embattled far-right leader, with more allegations potentially in store. Brazil’s prosecutor-general’s office will have the final say on whether to use the indictment to file charges against Bolsonaro at the Supreme Court. Bolsonaro lawyer Fábio Wajngarten called his client’s indictment “absurd” and said he did not have access to it. If convicted for falsifying health data, the 68-year-old politician could spend up to 12 years behind bars or as little as two years, according to legal analyst Zilan Costa. “What Bolsonaro will argue in this case is whether he did insert the data or enable others to do it, or not.