Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro threatened to punch a reporter after he was asked about payments into his wife’s bank account.
‘I want to punch you in the face, OK?’, Bolsonaro replied to a journalist from the newspaper O Globo, according to audio released by the daily on Monday, August 24.
Brazilian media reported earlier this month that an aide to the president’s son deposited £9,800 in cheques into first lady Michelle Bolsonaro’s account.
READ ALSO: Counsellor Lutterodt Reveals The Only Thing That Can Make Joe Mettle’s Marriage Last Longer
The aide, Fabricio Queiroz, had deposited the money between 2011 and 2018. He was an aide to now-senator Flavio Bolsonaro, the president’s eldest son when he was a Rio de Janeiro state legislator.
He is under arrest in an investigation into bank deposits made at the time amounting to 1.2million reais (£163,000).
Queiroz and Flavio Bolsonaro are also facing investigation for a scheme that allegedly swindled pay from government employees in the years before the Jair Bolsonaro became president in January 2019.
Reacting to Bolsonaro’s outburst, newspaper O Globo issued a statement condemning his ‘aggression’ towards a journalist who was ‘carrying out a job in a professional manner.’
‘Such intimidation ‘shows that Jair Bolsonaro does not acknowledge the duty of a public servant … to be accountable to the public,’ the statement said.