Through his lawyers, former president Jair Bolsonaro, delivered this Friday (24th), the jewelry and weapons he received as a gift from Saudi Arabia. “Weapons presented by a foreign government to a former Brazilian official have been returned, will be examined and safeguarded for later procedures,” said the Minister of Justice and Public Security, Flávio Dino, via Twitter. In 2019, the former president received a pistol and a rifle as a gift from representatives of the United Arab Emirates.
Another gift from the Saudi government, given in 2021, a case with a watch, a pen, cufflinks, a ring and a type of rosary, from the Swiss diamond brand Chopard, valued at BRL 500,000, were also developed today at an agency Caixa Econômica Federal, in Brasília.
The return was determined by the Federal Court of Accounts (TCU). On the 15th, Minister Bruno Dantas, president of the Court, determined that the material be delivered to the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic. Dantas recalled that for a gift to be incorporated into a president’s private assets, it must be classified as a very personal item and be of low value.
The court determined that the set of jewelry and the watch valued at R$ 16.5 million that would be for the former first lady Michelle Bolsonaro, retained by the Federal Revenue at the International Airport of São Paulo / Guarulhos in 2021, must also be sent the box. The articles entered Brazil in the backpack of the adviser to the then Minister Bento Albuquerque (Mines and Energy).