Brazil's chief prosecutor delivered a series of charges against President Temer to a Supreme Court judge. The judge must decide if the case can be sent to the lower house of the Brazilian parliament.
|The charges follow upon the release of an audio tape in which Temer appears to encourage the payment of hush money to a jailed politician. The lower house would be required to vote on whether Temer can be tried. Temer denies any wrongdoing and claims he can prove his innocence. Opposition parties have long been demanding snap elections.|
Temer was charged in connection with a graft scheme involving the world’s largest meatpacker, JBS SA. Executives said in plea-bargain testimony the president took nearly $5 million in bribes for resolving tax matters, freeing up loans from state-run banks and other matters. Joesley Batista, one of the brothers who control JBS, recorded a conversation with Temer in which the president appears to condone bribing a potential witness. Batista also accused Temer and aides of negotiating millions of dollars in illegal donations for his Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB).This case is just one of many that investigators in Brazil have uncovered over three years. Companies have allegedly been paying billions of dollars in bribes to politicians and to executives of state-run companies to gain contracts.