Court Lifts Banking Secrecy in Flávio Bolsonaro and Ex-Advisor Investigation

Authorization will also apply to 88 ex-advisors of presidents son

Rio de Janeiro

A Rio de Janeiro court has lifted the banking secrecy of senator Flávio Bolsonaro (PSL-RJ) and his ex-advisor Fabrício Queiroz.

The court made the decision on April 24, and O Globo newspaper published it on Tuesday. Folha confirmed the decision. The authorization also applies to Flávio's 88 ex-advisors in Alerj (Rio de Janeiro Legislative Assembly), his wife and his company, as well as people and companies that completed real estate transactions with him.

Brazilian Senator Flavio Bolsonaro arrives for a meeting at the Senate President's home in Brasilia, Brazil May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado ORG XMIT: GGGAHM01 - REUTERS

The lifting of the bank secrecy is the first judicial step in the Queiroz investigation. Coaf (Council for Financial Activities Control) reported an atypical move of R $ 1.2 million ($300,000) into Queiroz's bank account 500 days ago.

Investigators can now access bank records from 2007 to 2018 when Queiroz reportedly worked as an advisor to Flávio, then a Rio de Janeiro state representative. The investigation will also include the daughters of the former adviser, Nathalia and Evelyn Queiroz, both former advisors to Flávio.

Raimunda Veras Magalhães and Danielle Nóbrega, the mother and wife of former PM Adriano da Nóbrega, respectively, will also have their banking accounts opened to investigators. Adriano is accused of commanding a militia in the west of Rio de Janeiro.

The investigation will also target Americans Glenn Dillard, Paul Maitino and Charles Eldering, who are linked to two properties in Copacabana that were acquired and sold by the senator. Flávio Bolsonaro made R $ 813,000 ($204,000) in less than a year and a half with the transaction.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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