Michel Temer: Brazil president faces new corruption accusations

Anti-government protest in Rio de Janeiro, 18 May

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Protests erupted in a number of cities after launch of an audio recording wherein Mr Temer seems to debate bribes

Brazilian President Michel Temer has taken tens of millions of in bribes since 2010, in accordance with testimony launched by the Supreme Court docket.

The plea-bargain testimony got here from bosses of an enormous meat-packing agency.

If confirmed, the accusations may show devastating for Mr Temer’s crisis-hit administration, although he has vowed to show his innocence.

He’s already going through allegations he authorised paying bribes to silence a witness in an enormous corruption scandal.

On Thursday he vowed in a TV handle to remain on as president.

Joesley Batista, the chairman of the corporate JBS, alleges that Mr Temer was paid greater than $2.5m (9m reais) over the past seven years for electoral campaigning and to pay allies.

One other firm director says $four.6m was distributed to Mr Temer’s allies in 2014 within the guise of official election marketing campaign donations.

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Mr Temer has mentioned he would show his innocence

Former presidents Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff acquired $50m and $30m respectively to fund political campaigns, the testimony says. Each have denied any accusations in opposition to them.

Individually, Prosecutor Common Rodrigo Janot wrote in a court docket submitting on Friday that Mr Temer was considered one of numerous politicians who obstructed investigations into the large corruption inquiry generally known as Operation Automotive Wash.

A yr in the past, Mr Temer took workplace after Ms Rousseff’s impeachment. Now there are requires his elimination too.

On Thursday Brazilian authorities launched an audio recording the place Mr Temer seems to be discussing bribes in dialog with Mr Batista.

Mr Temer has mentioned the footage is genuine, taken from a gathering in March, however he has strongly denied wrongdoing.

Mr Temer is already deeply unpopular in Brazil however his centre-right occasion has been capable of govern as a part of a coalition.

Opposition events have been demanding snap elections and his impeachment.

It’s the first time Mr Temer has develop into absolutely embroiled in Operation Automotive Wash.

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Media captionHundreds of protesters gathered in Sao Paulo calling for the impeachment of President Michel Temer

The probe, launched in March 2014, centres on firms that have been supplied offers with state oil large Petrobras in alternate for bribes, which have been funnelled into politicians’ pockets and political occasion slush funds.

The scandal has engulfed Brazilian politics, with a 3rd of Mr Temer’s cupboard below investigation for alleged corruption. Former president Lula is already going through 5 prices.

The person Mr Temer allegedly condoned the bribery of – Eduardo Cunha – is in jail for corruption, cash laundering and tax evasion.

Each males performed a key function within the downfall of Ms Rousseff, who was faraway from workplace accused of illegally manipulating authorities accounts. She denies all the fees.