Brazilian Senator Chico Rodrigues was caught in a police raid with money hidden between his buttcheeks on Wednesday, a judicial source briefed on the matter told Reuters, amid an investigation into the misuse of COVID-19 response funding.
In the Senate, Rodrigues represents the northern state of Roraima and had also been chosen as deputy leader for the agenda of the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro, who won the presidency campaigning heavily on ending the corruption of previous governments.
On Thursday afternoon, Rodrigues was suspended from the Senate for 90 days by Supreme Court Justice Luís Roberto Barroso, who said the senate could decide whether to make the move permanent.
“The police team possesses a video of the second personal search that was carried out,” Barroso wrote in the Thursday decision.
“However, in this case, considering the manner in which the money was hidden by Senator Chico Rodrigues – quite deeply in his underwear – I will not reproduce these images in this report so as not to cause greater embarrassment.”