Brazilian President accused of receiving bribe

Brazilian President accused of receiving bribe

Brazilian President accused of receiving bribe

The president targeted Janot for "creating a plot from a novel" and for making "fictional" accusations. On the document, Janot also points out that Temer contradicted himself twice.

The charges filed on Monday stem from a close aide to the president, Rodrigo Rocha Loures, who was arrestedearlierthismonth after police video caught him picking up a bag of alleged bribe money worth around $150,000 (135,000 euros) given to him by an executive meat-packing giant JBS.

"I have been charged with taking bribes without ever having received a cent", Temer said in a nationally televised speech.

"I know what I did", Temer said following the release of the tapes. That the president might have been soliciting bribes at the same time that the judiciary was jailing politicians almost every week spoke to incredible audacity and seemed to dash hopes that the Car Wash probe would put the fear into the country's leaders and put an end to a culture of corruption.

Janot's indictment was widely expected and markets mostly met them with a shrug on Tuesday. Brazil's benchmark Bovespa index was down 0.8 percent and the local currency slipped 0.6 percent in late afternoon trading. The increased deforestation began before Temer took power a year ago, but environmentalists argue his policies are aggravating the situation. That house would then decide if he should stand on trial. Lower House Speaker Rodrigo Maia will send the request to a commission that analyzes constitutional and judicial affairs.

"It no longer has a majority strong in Parliament, but the opposition does not have the force necessary to remove him from power", he predicts. The corruption allegation carries a sentence of between two and 12 years.

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Monday's charge is expected to be followed by others this week including one of obstruction of justice, based on a secret recording Mr Batista made of a clandestine late-night meeting with the president in March in which he detailed efforts to block investigations into his companies' affairs. Not immediately. Temer's office and his lawyer, Antonio Mariz, declined to comment on the charges. As a sitting president, only the Supreme Federal Tribunal, the country's highest court, can try or jail Temer. "In that case, there will be defections and colleagues may start to move against Temer." - a senior lawmaker in Temer's coalition.

With a general election due next year and Mr Temer's approval rating at seven per cent analysts say many deputies will be reluctant to be seen to publicly protect the man who is officially the country's least popular president since polling began.

He has faced a slew of accusations since taking office past year but these are the first formal charges against him.

Several protesters set out on the streets of Sao Paulo city, Brazil at the time, raising slogans against the president saying, "Temer Out", the Strait Times reported.

Brazil's chief prosecutor has accused country's President Michel Temer of accepting bribes, reports said.

Russia and Brazil are considering the possibility of conducting joint launches of carrier rockets from a Brazilian space center, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during an official visit of Brazilian President Michel Temer to Moscow. Janot has said that without a doubt, Brazil's president Michel Temer has committed crimes of corruption. He says nothing will "destroy" his government.

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