Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has threatened to beat up a reporter after he was asked about payments to his wife’s bank account.
“I want to punch you in the face, okay?” Bolsonaro replied to a journalist from the newspaper O Globo, according to an audio broadcast by the newspaper on Monday, August 24.
media is in Brazil reported earlier this month that an aide to the president’s son deposited £9,800 in checks into the account of first lady Michelle Bolsonaro,
The aide, Fabricio Queiroz, had deposited the money between 2011 and 2018. He was an aide to now-senator Flavio Bolsonaro, the president’s eldest son when he was a Rio de Janeiro state legislator.
He is under arrest in an investigation into bank deposits made at the time worth 1.2 million reais (£163,000).
Queiroz and Flavio Bolsonaro also face investigation for a scheme that allegedly swindled government employees’ salaries in the years before Jair Bolsonaro took office in January 2019.
In reaction to Bolsonaro’s outburst, the newspaper O Globo issued a statement condemning his ‘aggression’ towards a journalist who was ‘performing a job in a professional manner’.
‘Such intimidation’ shows that the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, does not recognize the duty of a public servant… to be accountable to the public,’ the statement said.
ALSO READ – Folorunsho Alakija – I listen to the instructions of the Holy Spirit
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE