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Brazil’s President in Another Corruption Chapter for His Country

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Brazil’s President, Michel Temer, is involved in another chapter of corruption as the country general attorney charged him with ‘obstruction of justice and leading a criminal organization on Sept. 14, 2017.

Attorney General Rodrigo Janot charged President Temer and six other members of his political party, PMDB, with obstruction of justice and leading a criminal organization. This represents another stain in Brazil’s recent history, with Temer miraculously saving his post in an impeachment vote last month.

The lawyer said that the latest allegations against the president are based on a testimony given by Joesley Batista, former chairman of JBS, the world’s largest meatpacking company. Batista turned himself in on Sunday, as his former company admitted to spending over $150 million in bribes to several politicians over the course of 10 years.

According to Brazilian state media, there was a phone call between Temer and Batista, recorded by the last in the past spring, in which the president is evidently suggesting to buy the silence of Brazil’s former house speaker, Eduardo Cunha. Temer publicly rejected the fact that the phone call was legitimate.

Janot also added those charges against Cunha’s case, who is already serving a sentence in prison for money laundering.

The whole country is deeply immersed in corruption of late. The last president, Dilma Rousseff, suffered impeachment for manipulating the national budget and was dismissed. Her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, was sentenced, in July, to nearly a decade in prison.

There does not seem to be an ending to the illegal activity in the country as people expect more and more news coming out soon.

Written by Gian Torres
Edited by Cathy Milne

Sources:

CNN: Brazil’s president faces new corruption charges

Featured and Top Image Courtesy of Anderson Riedel for Michel Temer’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License

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