Rio de Janeiro governor impeachment confirmed over alleged Covid-19-related graft

Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel gestures as he speaks to the media at Laranjeiras Palace, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 28, 2020.
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – A Brazilian court confirmed on Friday the impeachment of Rio de Janeiro's state governor Wilson Witzel over alleged graft in the purchase of medical supplies and services to fight the Covid-19 outbreak.

Witzel, who denies any wrongdoing, had been temporarily removed from power in August 2020.

Investigations by Brazilian prosecutors say that Witzel bought 700 million reais (S$171.3 million) in ventilators which have never been delivered to treat Covid-19 patients.