Te­mer as­so­ciate held

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

A FOR­MER min­is­ter in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Brazil­ian Pres­i­dent Michel Te­mer has been ar­rested on charges of try­ing to ob­struct probes into cor­rup­tion.

Ged­del Vieira Lima was ar­rested on Mon­day fol­low­ing tes­ti­mony by mon­ey­changer Lu­cio Fu­naro, a mem­ber of Te­mer’s Brazil­ian Demo­cratic Move­ment Party, and rev­e­la­tions in plea bar­gains by meat­pack­ing com­pany ex­ec­u­tives, ad­mit­ting to brib­ing gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to over­look health and safety stan­dard vi­o­la­tions.

Vieira Lima is blamed for try­ing to pre­vent other cor­rup­tion and tax eva­sion sus­pects from strik­ing plea bar­gains. Xin­hua

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