Brazil’s Te­mer charged with ob­struc­tion of jus­tice

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - WORLD -

Brazil­ian President Michel Te­mer was charged with ob­struc­tion of jus­tice and lead­ing a crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion on Thurs­day, an­other blow to the em­bat­tled leader and the sta­bil­ity of Latin Amer­ica’s largest na­tion.

In widely ex­pected fil­ings to the coun­try’s top court, At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ro­drigo Janot ac­cused Te­mer’s Brazil­ian Demo­cratic Move­ment Party of re­ceiv­ing nearly $190 mil­lion in bribes in a scheme to trade in po­lit­i­cal fa­vors and in­flu­ence.

“Te­mer gave the needed sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity to the crim­i­nal ap­pa­ra­tus, ap­pear­ing at the same time as the leader and foun­da­tion of the or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Janot said in the in­dict­ment.

In a writ­ten state­ment, Te­mer called the in­dict­ment “filled with ab­sur­di­ties.”

Michel Te­mer

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