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World news: Police find cash hidden by Brazilian Senator Chico Rodrigues in a place you would never imagine

Brazilian Senator Chico Rodrigues was caught with notes stuffed down his pants during a search of his home. The president of Brazil Bolsonaro had just launched an anti-corruption crusader to portray himself as an anti-corruption activist and supporter and this action was looking very suspicious.

Chico Rodrigues, the Brazilian president’s deputy leader in the senate, was reportedly caught with the concealed bundle on Wednesday during a police search of his home. The raid was part of an operation against the suspected misappropriation of public funds for fighting Covid-19.

The Estado de São Paulo newspaper said two sources told it 30,000 reais (more than £4,100) were stashed in the underpants of Rodrigues, a senator for the Amazon state of Roraima.

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To give you a sense of just how preposterous the situation was, some of the recovered notes were stained with faeces,” reported Revista Crusoé, the conservative magazine that broke the story.

Rodrigues offered no immediate explanation for the contents of his underwear, but denied wrongdoing, hinting that rivals were trying to sully his name. “I have a clean background and a respectable life. I’ve never been involved in any kind of scandal,” the 69-year-old insisted.

Bolsonaro has issued a statement saying he does not believe there is any corruption in his government.