9 thoughts on “Brazilian public prosecutor suspects coup president of corruption

  1. Saturday 20th May 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    BRAZILIANS took to the streets on Thursday night to demand an end to the rule of unelected President Michel Temer — now facing a corruption probe.

    But Mr Temer, who was vice-president until he came to power in a “legislative coup” that overthrew Workers’ Party president Dilma Rousseff last August, refused to quit.

    Earlier in the day the Supreme Federal Court opened an investigation into allegations that Mr Temer had solicited bribes to keep his jailed PMDB party colleague Eduardo Cunha from revealing massive corruption.

    The court also lifted an embargo on a 39-minute recording obtained by the O Globo newspaper of a conversation between the president and meat-packing magnate Joesley Batista — which the paper swiftly posted on its website.

    In it, Mr Batista says: “I settled everything. He came and collected … I am good with Eduardo, OK?”

    Mr Temer responds: “You have to keep that up, see?” to which Mr Batista says: “Every month.”

    Mr Cunha’s downfall was a result of the Operation Carwash probe into massive bribery by construction firm Odebrecht in return for lucrative contracts from state oil company Petrobras.

    After his impeachment as congressional speaker, he threatened to make revelations that would take numerous politicians down with him. 7

    In a televised address, Mr Temer insisted: “At no time did I authorise the paying of anyone. I did not buy anyone’s silence. “I will not resign,” he added.

    His stubbornness was met with mass protests in Sao Paolo, Brasilia and elsewhere, led by the CUT union federation, the Landless Workers’ Movement and the Popular Front of Brazil.

    They demanded Mr Temer’s resignation and snap elections.



  2. Monday 22nd May 2017

    posted by James Tweedie in World

    BRAZIL’S coalition government disintegrated over the weekend in the wake of bribery allegations against unelected president Michel Temer.

    The third-largest party in Brazil’s congress, the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), called an emergency meeting yesterday to decide whether to stick with Mr Temer after audio tapes of him of soliciting bribes from meatpacking magnate Joesley Batista emerged last week.

    Another major coalition partner, the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), pulled out on Saturday evening.

    The alleged bribes were hush money for former congress speaker Eduardo Cunha, Mr Temer’s Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) party colleague, who threatened to finger other politicians after he was impeached over the huge so-called Car Wash corruption scandal.

    PSDB president Aecio Neves was suspended from the senate last week after the Federal Supreme Court opened an investigation into allegations that he asked Mr Batista for 2 million reais (£470,000) to pay for his Car Wash defence.

    Mr Temer continued to deny the allegations on Saturday, claiming the 39-minute recording released by newspaper O Globo was “manipulated and doctored with [bad] intentions.”

    But former Workers Party presidents Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff — who was impeached last year in a “legislative coup” led by Mr Cunha — demanded Mr Temer’s immediate exit and elections for a replacement.

    Mr da Silva said: “We want Temer to go now, but we don’t want a president to be elected indirectly” — as Mr Temer was, following Ms Rousseff’s ousting.



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