October 30, 2019 / 3:44 PM / 21 days ago

Brazil justice minister calls for investigation into testimony linking Bolsonaro to murder case

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro and Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro attend a launch ceremony of the government anti-crime project at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil October 3, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s Justice Minister Sergio Moro said on Wednesday that he has asked the top public prosecutor to investigate a statement by a Rio de Janeiro doorman that links President Jair Bolsonaro to suspects in the murder of a councilwoman.

Moro said the doorman might have given false testimony, either in error or as part of a wider conspiracy to implicate the president. TV Globo reported on Tuesday that a doorman at Bolsonaro’s gated community said a suspect had entered on the day of the 2018 killing of Rio councilwoman Marielle Franco saying he was going to Bolsonaro’s house.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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