Brazilian leader on gra charge
Brasilia – Brazil’s chief prosecutor on Thursday charged President Michel Temer with obstruction of justice and leading a criminal group in the biggest climax yet to the country’s ever-growing corruption scandal.
The leader of Latin America’s biggest and richest country was accused along with six of his heavyweight political allies of taking almost $190 million (R2. 5 billion) in kickbacks.
The office of Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot charged that Temer “acted as leader of a criminal organisation” comprising senior officials from his centerright PMDB party. They allegedly took the kickbacks in exchange for contracts at public companies like oil giant Petrobras.
The alleged ring operated from May 2016.