Brazil­ian leader on gra charge

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - WORLD -

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.

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