Charges filed against Brazil’s pres­i­dent

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD -

SAO PAULO— Brazil­ian Pres­i­dent Michel Te­mer was charged with ob­struc­tion of jus­tice and lead­ing a crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion on Thurs­day, the lat­est fall­out from a widerang­ing cor­rup­tion probe.

In fil­ings to the coun­try’s top court, At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ro­drigo Janot ac­cused Te­mer of pay­ing hush funds to a for­mer speaker of the lower Cham­ber of Deputies and to an op­er­a­tor of his po­lit­i­cal group. Janot also al­leged that Te­mer led the crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion that op­er­ates in Brazil’s Congress and the ex­ec­u­tive branch. Te­mer has re­peat­edly de­nied wrong­do­ing.

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