Brazil’s Bolsonaro faces probes over Saudi jewels

BRAZIL’S justice minister asked federal police yesterday to investigate reports ex-president Jair Bolsonaro tried to illegally import jewellery worth US$3.2 (RM14.3)  million gifted by Saudi Arabia, as tax officials probe a second present of jewels.

The far-right former president has faced mounting questions over the jewels since newspaper Estado de Sao Paulo reported Friday that customs officers blocked an aide to his former mines and energy minister, Bento Albuquerque, from bringing them into Brazil without paying the required import duty after an official trip in October 2021.