Il procuratore generale brasiliano Rodrigo Janot ha formalizzato le accuse contro il Presidente Michel Temer davanti alla Corte suprema. Temer è accusato con altre sei persone di associazione a delinquere e ostacolo alla giustizia. Secondo la procura fin dal tempo in cui cui ricopriva la funzione di vicepresidente, avrebbe messo in piedi un sistema criminale costruito sulle tangenti che avrebbero fruttato complessivamente 188,4 milioni di dollari. Lo schema sarebbe stato quello di ottenere emolumenti da grandi imprese in cambio di contratti con lo Stato o ad altre utilità. Queste nuove accuse arrivano un mese dopo che il Parlamento ha salvato il presidente dall’impeachment per un’altra accusa per corruzione.

Brazil’s attorney general Rodrigo Janot on Thursday brought criminal charges against President Michel Temer before the Supreme Court, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. Temer and six of his associates, including jailed ex-speaker parliamentary Eduardo Cunha, have been charged with involvement in a criminal organization and obstruction of justice. The prosecutor’s office has accused Temer of running a criminal scheme since his time as vice president to commit "illicit actions in exchange for bribes" that brought them at least 587 million Brazilian reals ($188.4 mln) in illegal proceeds. The alleged criminal ring is suspected of getting kickbacks from large firms in exchange for securing contracts with state-run oil firm Petrobras and loans from Brazil’s second largest bank, Caixa Economica. Temer is also accused of having solicited bribes from Joesley Batista, a former chief of the JBS meat-packing giant, to silence Lucio Funaro, who made a plea bargain with the government to testify against the president. The new charges come a month after the embattled president survived a parliamentary vote that rejected another bribery charge against him. Their backing would have sent the corruption case to the top court, which has the power to trigger an impeachment trial.