19 thoughts on “Brazilian coup president Temer accused of corruption

  1. Thursday 13th October 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    BRAZILIAN leftwingers and academics warned of attacks on the poorest on Tuesday after the lower house of Congress voted for a 20-year public spending freeze.

    The Chamber of Deputies backed unelected President Michel Temer’s government on Monday night, voting 366-111 for the constitutional amendment capping annual spending increases to the rate of inflation.

    The amendment still has to pass another supermajority vote in the chamber before being sent to the Senate. Communist Party of Brazil Congress minority leader Jandira Feghali called the vote the “second phase of the coup” — a reference to the August 31 Senate vote to impeach elected president Dilma Rousseff over allegations of corruption.

    “I wonder how the deputies will sleep after voting for something which excludes so many people with false arguments, starting from a false basis of a false economic analysis,” she said.

    University of Brasilia professor of public policy Daniel Bin told Latin American broacaster Telesur: “It is not hard to predict how this will hit, with unprecedented violence, the poorest people, who depend on public funded education and healthcare.”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-d759-Brazil-Leftwingers-say-20-year-spending-freeze-will-hit-poorest#.V___b8mDsdU

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  7. Saturday 3rd December 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    BRAZIL’s Senate speaker is to stand trial for allegedly misappropriating state funds, the Supreme Court announced on Thursday.

    Eight of the court’s 11 justices rules that Senate President Renan Calheiros, a key ally of unelected president Michel Temer, must face legal proceedings for allegedly misusing public funds nine years ago to support his illegitimate daughter.

    Earlier Mr Calheiros was urged to deny a new bill by a federal judge which would allow judges and prosecutors to be charged with abuse of authority.

    Prosecutors investigating the Operation Car Wash probe into bribery at state oil firm Petrobras have threatened to quit if Mr Temer signs the bill already passed by the lower Chamber of Deputies.

    Judge Sergio Moro, addressing the Senate, said the legislation was an attempt to intimidate prosecutors as they finalised plea bargain deals with construction firm Odebrecht, at the centre of the case, expected to implicate as many as 200 politicians.

    Mr Calheiros denied Mr Moro’s charges of trying to derail the probe, saying: “Operation Car Wash is sacred for it reduces the impunity that reigns in our country.”

    Mr Temer has imposed brutal austerity cuts since coming to power in a “legislative coup” against elected president Dilma Rousseff’s Workers Party government earlier this year.

    A constitutional amendment freezing social spending for 20 years passed the first of two Senate votes by the necessary three-fifths majority on Tuesday.

    The crucial second vote will be on December 13, after which the amendment will become law.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-c806-Brazil-Temer-ally-to-stand-trial-for-corruption#.WELWnn2bIdU

  8. Saturday 10th December 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    BRAZILIAN jurists and social movements urged Congress on Thursday to impeach unelected president Michel Temer over corruption allegations.

    They presented their request that Mr Temer suffer the same fate as his predecessor Dilma Rousseff to the lower house Chamber of Deputies.

    Last Week, judge Marco Aurelio Mello also asked Chamber of Deputies Speaker Rodrigo Maia to set up a commission on impeaching Mr Temer, even though he is an ally of the president.

    The latest allegations against Mr Temer surfaced last month when then culture minister Marcelo Calero resigned, alleging that Mr Temer had encouraged him to circumvent planning laws to approve a luxury development in a conservation area of the city of Salvador.

    Legislative Affairs Minister Geddel Vieira Lima, who Mr Calero said had pressed him to allow the project, quit in response to the claim, while insisting he was innocent.

    Former vice-president Mr Temer was sworn in after Ms Rousseff was impeached by a Senate vote on August 31.

    https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-b9e6-Brazils-Congress-urged-to-oust-Temer-over-corruption#.WE04mn2ff6g

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  17. Monday 5th June 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    A FORMER aide to Brazilian President Michel Temer was arrested at the weekend, following an order by Supreme Court Justice Luiz Edson Fachin.

    MP Rodrigo Rocha Loures admitted accepting bribes from JBS, the country’s largest meatpacking company, insisting that the funds were intended for Mr Temer.

    Mr Loures had been monitored by the federal police since he was recorded negotiating money from JBS president Joesley Batista and filmed receiving a suitcase containing 500,000 reals (£120,000) in a Sao Paulo pizzeria.

    Despite being on the cusp of becoming the first Brazilian president to be charged with corruption, criminal organisation and obstruction of justice, Mr Temer insisted that he would not resign.

    Asked about Mr Loures’s detention for taking bribes, the coup-installed president simply responded: “He’ll explain.”

    Brazil’s main progressive opposition, the Workers Party (PT), elected its first woman president at the weekend, backing Geisi Hoffman on the final day of its three-day national congress.

    Ms Hoffman, who leads the PT in the Senate, received 367 votes, beating runner-up Lindbergh Farias, with 226 votes.

    She was supported by former national president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

    The new PT president said that she wouldn’t dwell on the party’s errors, thereby allowing the “bourgeoisie and right to take advantage” of the situation.

    “We’re not a religious organisation. We don’t make a profession of laying blame. Nor do we flog ourselves.

    “In practice, we recognise our mistakes. However, over 500 years of this country, there has never been a government better than PT,” she declared.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-18dd-Brazil-Ex-Temer-aide-held-for-taking-bribes#.WTVgLtykIdU

  18. Saturday 10th June 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    INCRIMINATING evidence against Brazilian President Michel Temer was expected to be excluded by the Superior Electoral Court yesterday.

    The seven-member panel was due to reconvene yesterday morning to decide on examining Judge Herman Benjamin’s request for a plea-bargain testimony to be admitted.

    Summarising the evidence on Thursday evening, Mr Benjamin said it overwhelmingly proved claims that Mr Temer took illegal campaign donations in the 2014 election.

    A majority vote could see the upcoming presidential election annulled and a new one called ahead of that set for 2018.

    “It’s about the continual abuse of political and economic power, whose impacts, without a doubt, have been felt for a long time in the political electoral system,” Mr Benjamin said.

    Proceedings were stopped for the night and were to resume yesterday morning. Widespread protests have called for Mr Temer to be impeached over the corruption allegations.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-c4f1-Brazil-New-evidence-proves-Temer-corruption-claims#.WTvIG9ykIdU

  19. Monday 12th June 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    BRAZILIAN President Michel Temer escaped financial malfeasance claims by the skin of his teeth at the weekend before facing new allegations of spying on a Supreme Court justice.

    The coup-installed president was cleared by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal by four votes to three but was then hit by a story in Veja magazine declaring that he and his advisers had asked the Brazilian Intelligence Agency to spy on judge Edson Fachin.

    Mr Fachin is the justice in charge of an investigation into whether Mr Temer accepted bribes and endorsed buying the silence of a former MP convicted of corruption. According to Veja, the president’s team is looking for a way to discredit the judge and thereby sink the investigation.

    Supreme Court president Carmen Lucia issued a scathing statement calling the alleged spying a tactic that belonged to dictatorships.

    “It is unacceptable to commit a serious crime against the Supreme Federal Tribunal, against democracy and against liberty, if the report of this illegal invasion into the life of one of our members is confirmed,” she wrote.

    Attorney General Rodrigo Janot commented: “If such an attack on the powers of the republic and the democratic state of law is confirmed, it would be one more unhappy episode in the grave democratic crisis that this country is going through.”

    The embattled president denied the new charges against him, saying: “The government does not use the public machine against Brazilian citizens, much less does it engage in any kind of action that doesn’t respect the strict dictates of the law.”

    He insisted that the government has never tried to constrain Operation Car Wash, the corruption investigation that has ensnared much of Brazil’s political elite and led to allegations against the president himself.

    A recording emerged last month apparently capturing Mr Temer as he endorsed a plan to pay hush money to former parliamentary speaker Eduardo Cunha, who is serving 15 years in prison for corruption and money-laundering.

    The Attorney General is considering pressing charges against Mr Temer over the audio recording and allegations that he took bribes and tried to obstruct the Car Wash investigation.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-a4ee-Temer-remains-in-mire,-now-accused-of-spying-on-judge#.WT6i6tykIdU

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