(CNN) –– The Brazilian Police sent a report to the Supreme Federal Court this Wednesday, in which it accuses President Jair Bolsonaro of committing a crime of incitement by spreading incorrect information about the covid-19 pandemic.
As part of an investigation of Supreme Court On the president’s role in the pandemic, the police said there are indications that Bolsonaro committed a crime during a live broadcast on social networks in October. In the post, Bolsonaro falsely claimed that people vaccinated against covid-19 have a higher risk of contracting AIDS. He also suggested that the use of masks helped spread the Spanish flu last century. The video was later removed from social media platforms and the president was temporarily suspended from both Facebook and YouTube.
Bolsonaro “spread information that did not correspond”
Last December, the Federal Supreme Court ordered an investigation into Bolsonaro’s false claims about the pandemic.
The head of the Federal Police, Lorena Nascimento, wrote to the court on Wednesday that the president “freely, voluntarily and knowingly spread information that did not correspond to the original text of its source, possibly causing nonexistent alarm among viewers.”
Nascimento asked the Supreme Court to authorize the indictment of Bolsonaro and his assistant Mauro Cid, who organized the content that was broadcast in Bolsonaro’s live post on social media. The official also asked the high court for permission to summon Bolsonaro to a hearing.
Bolsonaro has continually denied spreading false information. However, he has yet to comment on this latest police report.