Brazil's crisis deepens as president Michel Temer accused of corruption
Brazil's crisis deepens as president Michel Temer accused of corruption
Brazil's Temer defiant ahead of expected corruption charges
27 June, 2017, 08:40
The legislation passed by Brazil's Congress last month would have converted around 1.4 million acres (566,000 hectares) of protected land into areas open to logging, mining and agricultural use.
But Janot's decision to separate the charges, filing them piecemeal, will make sure the crisis drags on and could weaken Temer's base, making congressional approval for a trial more likely.
Brazilian President Michel Temer has been charged with accepting bribes by the country's chief prosecutor, a media report said. Although several past Brazilian presidents are being probed for corruption, Temer would be the first sitting leader in the country to face criminal charges. "Nothing will destroy us - not me and not our ministers", he said. Attorney General Rodrigo Janot must decide by Wednesday whether to bring forward charges of corruption, obstruction of justice and being part of a criminal organization.
For Temer to go on trial, the lower house of Congress must first approve Janot's charge by a two-thirds majority.
He was accused of receiving money from the boss of a giant meatpacking firm implicated in a corruption scandal.
Last Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin sent the PGR a copy of the police investigation into Temer, with which began the countdown of the five-day legal deadline for the prosecution to be presented or not. Batista reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.
Monday's charging document alleges Temer arranged to eventually receive a total of 38 million reais ($11.5 million) from JBS in the next nine months.
"The circumstances of this meeting (with Batista) - at night and without any register in the official schedule of the president of the Republic - reveal the intent of not leaving traces of the criminal actions already taken", wrote Janot. She says that an ordinance passed by the Temer administration earlier this year that removed the power to demarcate indigenous lands from FUNAI, Brazil's National Indian Foundation, will harm indigenous communities. "Nothing will destroy us - not me and not our ministers".
In a further sign of Temer's weakening position, an important figure in his ruling coalition, former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, called Monday for him to step down and help Brazil hold new elections.
His trip last week to Russian Federation and Norway ended up underscoring the president's problems and Brazil's diminished stature overseas.
Few people showed up at the reception at Brazil's embassy in Moscow, no top Norwegian officials welcomed Temer at Oslo's airport and the country's prime minister, Erna Solberg, gave Temer a public lecture about the colossal "Car Wash" investigation that has upended Brazilian politics and could even jail Temer.
Temer's latest approval ratings are just seven percent, lower than his deeply unpopular leftist predecessor Dilma Rousseff whom he replaced a year ago after she was impeached by his center-right congressional allies for breaking budgetary rules.
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