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Thu Sep 14, 2017, 09:49 PM

Brazilian President Michel Temer charged with obstruction of justice and racketeering

Source: The Guardian

Brazil’s prosecutor general’s office has filed charges of racketeering against President Michel Temer and six other leading politicians from his party, three of whom are already in jail. Temer and two other men are also accused of obstructing justice.

“They practiced illicit acts in exchange for bribes by way of diverse public organs,” prosecutors said. “Michel Temer is accused of having acted as the leader of the criminal organisation since May 2016.”

Prosecutors said the group, all politicians from Temer’s Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), pocketed $188m in bribes.

Three of them are already in jail: two former speakers of the lower house, Henrique Alves and Eduardo Cunha; and Geddel Vieira Lima, a former Temer minister arrested for the second time last week after police found $16m in cash in an apartment linked to him.

Temer will now face a vote that could decide his presidency in the lower house of Congress – his second in a little over a month – and if two thirds of lawmakers agree, he will be put on trial by the supreme court.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/14/brazil-president-michel-temer-charged





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sandensea Sep 2017 OP
Judi Lynn Sep 2017 #1
sandensea Sep 2017 #3
Judi Lynn Sep 2017 #6
WhiteTara Sep 2017 #2
not fooled Sep 2017 #4
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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 10:05 PM

1. He's a twisted, horrid person. If only justice can prevail, finally. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 10:10 PM

3. You know, I'm surprised he's let it go this far.

It could be that Judge Zavascki's murder in January has turned Brazil's otherwise malleable judiciary against Temer.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 11:11 PM

6. If only, but can anyone hope? They need to know the whole world is watching now.

Petrobras: Brazil judge Teori Zavascki dies in plane crash
20 January 2017

A prominent Brazilian Supreme Court judge has died in a plane crash.

Two other bodies were found at the crash site in the sea near Paraty, some 250km (160 miles) south of Rio de Janeiro.

Teori Zavascki, 68, was overseeing a massive corruption investigation at the state oil company, Petrobras.

Dozens of politicians have been arrested as part of the inquiry, known as Operation Car Wash, over the past two years.

. . .

The testimonies are expected to provide evidence against powerful politicians in Brazil - including members of the current government of President Temer.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38685289

Thanks for refreshing our memories about the murder of a Brazilian Supreme Court Judge. That's really aiming high, isn't it?
Hope it won't work for the assassins.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 10:10 PM

2. He is despicable. nt

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 10:42 PM

4. Another corrupt corporate tool

unfortunately, another version was installed in the U.S. White House recently. The corruption is just better managed and packaged in the U.S.




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Response to not fooled (Reply #4)

Thu Sep 14, 2017, 10:56 PM

5. It is.

Plus, the media in Latin America tend to be in politicians' faces a lot more than our media is here.

Part of that may have to do with some differences between us and our neighbors to the south as far as public mindsets go.

We (generally) prefer to be told that everything's normal; Latin Americans, on the other hand, have stopped believing that about their countries so long ago, they expect - even demand - that their media tell them exactly how bad things are.

That said, Latin media does have one real problem though: they tend to be owned by ultra-conservative business/agrarian interests, such that right-wing wrongdoing usually gets lighter treatment than left-wing wrongdoing (or even alleged wrongdoing) does.

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