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Brazil judge reopens probe into Flavio Bolsonaro and driver

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2018 file photo, a supporter kisses Flavio Bolsonaro, the son of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, as he campaigns on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A Brazilian Supreme Court justice turned down on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, a request by Flavio Bolsonaro, to suspend a probe into suspicious payments made to his former driver. The decision came on the same day Flavio Bolsonaro was sworn in as senator. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
February 01, 2019 - 11:46 AM

SAO PAULO - A Brazilian Supreme Court justice has turned down a request by President Jair Bolsonaro's son, Flavio Bolsonaro, to suspend a probe into suspicious payments made to his former driver.

Defence lawyers had argued that the case must be decided by the Supreme Court because Flavio Bolsonaro was a senator-elect.

Justice Marco Aurelio Mello ruled that the privilege enjoyed by politicians in Brazil did not apply because the alleged crimes were committed before Flavio Bolsonaro took office as a federal lawmaker.

Friday's decision by Mello reopens the prosecutors' investigation in Rio state.

Mello's decision came on the same day Flavio Bolsonaro was sworn in as senator.

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