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  • Flavio Bolsonaro, son of Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, gets into a car after a meeting with his father, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil October 30, 2018.

    Flavio Bolsonaro, son of Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, gets into a car after a meeting with his father, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil October 30, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 23 January 2019

Prosecutors have been investigating financial irregularities that involve the Bolsonaro family.

The son of Brazil’s president, Flavio Bolsonaro, has been linked to the mother and wife of Captain Adriano Magalhaes da Nobrega, accused by national prosecutors of participating in the murder of counselor Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes.

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According to local media, Raimunda Veras Magalhaes, mother, and Danielle Mendonça da Costa da Nobrega, wife, worked for Flavio until November 2018, earning about US$1,722 a month.

Captain Magalhaes da Nobrega was accused by Brazilian prosecutors of leading the ‘Crime Office’ organization, the main suspect in the political murder.

Nobrega’s mother was pointed out as one of the employees that transferred money to the accounts of Fabricio Queiroz, who was her friend and is being investigated for financial irregularities by the Financial Activities Control Council (COAF).

A report published by the COAF says that Raimunda is currently the owner of a restaurant that transferred up to US$24,358 reportedly coming from money laundering.

Adriano Magalhaes da Nobrega has been declared a fugitive and Brazilian authorities link him to an operation known as ‘The Untouchables,’ related to Franco’s murder.

Marielle Franco, an Afro-Brazilian member of the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) and a feminist councilwoman who was critical of police violence and the right-wing government, was assassinated in Rio de Janeiro along with her driver Anderson Gomes the night of Mar. 14, two weeks after she was named a rapporteur in a special commission to monitor military intervention in Rio de Janeiro.

Authorities are investigating irregular movements done through ATMs at the Legislative Assembly. According to the report, Queiroz apparently transferred big quantities between 2016 and 2017 using those ATMs, and Flavio Bolsonaro continued the duty later with almost 50 movements.

The COAF detected about US$305,000 in Queiroz’s account, who was Flavio’s personal driver and adviser for years, raising suspicion. Queiroz skipped two appointments with prosecutors citing health problems. He then argued that the money came from his side-business as a car broker. “I’m a businessman. I make money,” he declared.

The Bolsonaro family has been linked with the Queiroz for decades. When the news about the financial irregularities broke out, president Jair Bolsonaro explained that the US$10,662 transferred by the former driver to his wife, Michelle Bolsonaro, were due an old personal loan.

“I didn’t put them in my account because I have difficulties going to the bank, to be on the street,” said the president. “It’s a question of mobility, because I’m busy all the time.”

Flavio argued that the transfers were related to a business he did with an apartment and his personal businesses.

Despite his previous declarations, President Bolsonaro said that if his son had done something wrong, he would have to face the consequences.

“If by any chance he made a mistake and it’s proven, I’ll regret that as a father but he will pay the price for those actions we don’t have to accept,” said Bolsonaro in interview with Bloomberg at Davos, Switzerland, where he’s participating in the World Economic Forum.

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