Attorney General Sees No Reason to Investigate Bolsonaro in Ministry of Education Scandal

Prosecutor tells Supreme Court that information does not show the president's participation in illicit activities in the portfolio


The Attorney General's Office (PGR) told the Supreme Court that there is no justification to open an investigation against President Jair Bolsonaro in suspected irregularities related to the Ministry of Education.

In a statement to the court, the PGR states that the information brought to the attention of the agency "is not sufficient to include [Bolsonaro] as investigated" because "there are no active and illicit indications of his participation."

Jair Bolsonaro e Milton Ribeiro durante evento no Palácio do Planalto em 4 de fevereiro
Jair Bolsonaro and Milton Ribeiro - Getty Images

PGR sent the document to Justice Cármen Lúcia after Folha published audio in which former Minister of Education Milton Ribeiro favored the evangelical pastor over Bolsonaro. Ribeiro lost his post on March 28.

The "business desk" at MEC, whose existence was initially revealed by the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo, was operated by two evangelical pastors with no formal ties to the ministry and participated in 35 meetings at Palácio do Planalto.

One of them even requested a bribe in gold bars according to various cities.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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