Jair Bolsonaro’s lawyers say the former Brazilian president will hand over to the Court of Auditors jewelry he acquired from Saudi Arabia that may have been illegally imported into Brazil. The ex-president has come under fire for the case since the O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper revealed in early March that customs officials stole a stash of jewelry worth $3.2 million (about $2.9 million) at Sao Paulo airport in October 2021. Million. Euro) to Bolsonaro’s wife. Then the tax authorities and the police opened investigations.
The jewels of the Swiss luxury brand Chopard were in the backpack of an aide to Bolsonaro’s minister of mines and energy. He returned from an official trip in the Middle East.
The minister, Bento Albuquerque, noted that another batch of jewelry had been brought to Brazil without being declared.
Some of the jewelry belonged to Bolsonaro himself. The former president kept a watch, pen and other luxuries for himself. He reportedly considered them personal gifts and believed he had done nothing illegal.
The Court of Auditors announced on Friday that it had ordered Bolsonaro and his former minister to explain the jewels. So Bolsonaro’s lawyers have now offered to hand over the jewelry, pending a decision.
Under Brazilian law, goods worth more than $1,000 must be declared before they can be brought into the country so they can be taxed. Gifts from a country to the Brazilian state are not required to pay taxes.
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