Brazil President’s Senator Son Faces Fresh Graft Allegations

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The son of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro is facing accusations of money laundering in connection with at least two luxury apartments he purchased in Rio de Janeiro, according to federal prosecutors and a local news report published Wednesday.

Flavio Bolsonaro, a newly inaugurated federal senator, has been dogged by corruption allegations that are sullying the squeaky clean, law-and-order image his father used to ride to an easy presidential election last year.

Flavio Bolsonaro has refused to meet with prosecutors to be questioned and repeatedly dodges journalists’ questions on the allegations against him. He said in a written statement that the latest accusations against him were baseless and would be tossed out.

Brazil’s Supreme Court earlier this month rejected an appeal by Flavio to halt a sprawling probe into numerous suspicious cash payments made into the account of his former driver, Fabricio Queiroz.

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