The International Criminal Court (ICC) has suspended investigations against the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, accused by several entities of having committed crimes against humanity, the Brazilian press reported on Thursday.
The decision was dictated by the head of the Information and Evidence department, Mark P. Dillon, who, in the order, indicated that the investigations will be closed until new facts are attached to the complaints already presented so far.
According to the decision, Bolsonaro's conduct, described in the complaints, “does not seem to fit the strict definitions provided for in the Rome Statute”, a treaty that gave rise to the court, based in The Hague.
“The prosecutor's office confirmed that there is no basis at the moment to carry out further analysis. The information submitted will be kept in our files and the decision may be reconsidered if new facts or evidence offer a basis for believing that a crime, within the jurisdiction of the court, was committed ”, according to the document, cited by the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo.
Bolsonaro was denounced by several Brazilian entities, who alleged that the Brazilian head of state committed crimes against humanity in actions against indigenous communities and in combating the new coronavirus pandemic.
One of the complaints, signed by more than one million subscribers, was filed last July at the ICC.
The action against the leader of the Brazilian Government brought together more than one million health workers, led by the Brazilian Union Network UNISaúde, with the support of international entities.
"In the coalition's understanding, there is evidence that Bolsonaro committed a crime against humanity during the management of the pandemic, by adopting negligent and irresponsible actions, which contributed to the more than 80 deaths from the disease in the country," according to the lawsuit against the Brazilian President.
The complainants appealed to the Rome Statute, which defines criteria on international crimes such as genocide and torture, claiming that Bolsonaro committed crimes against humanity and genocide because he refused to take measures to protect the Brazilian population from the pandemic.
Bolsonaro has always spoken out against social isolation measures determined by local authorities in the country, saying that these measures would kill more people than the virus for damaging the economy.
The Brazilian President is also a great supporter of the treatment of infection by the new coronavirus based on the use of medicines such as chloroquine, which has not been scientifically proven effective.
Brazil is the Portuguese-speaking country most affected by the pandemic and one of the hardest hit in the world, when counting the second number of deaths (more than 4,4 million cases and 134.106 deaths), after the United States.