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Brazil's Bar Association filed an impeachment request against Rousseff for obstruction of justice

Tuesday, March 29th 2016 - 08:38 UTC
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Rousseff supporters tried to physically block the entry of the new impeachment request in Congress Rousseff supporters tried to physically block the entry of the new impeachment request in Congress
The most serious impeachable offense in the new request is her alleged interference in investigations into the massive Petrobras corruption scandal. The most serious impeachable offense in the new request is her alleged interference in investigations into the massive Petrobras corruption scandal.
It is based on plea bargain testimony by Senator Delcidio Amaral, a key legislative ally for Rousseff before he was arrested in November. It is based on plea bargain testimony by Senator Delcidio Amaral, a key legislative ally for Rousseff before he was arrested in November.

The Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) filed a request on Monday to impeach President Dilma Rousseff for obstructing justice, fiscal accounting tricks and granting international soccer body FIFA tax-exempt status during the 2014 World Cup.

 Rousseff already faces an impeachment process over the alleged manipulation of government accounts that opposition parties maintain helped her win narrow re-election in 2014 by allowing her to boost public spending.

Rousseff supporters tried to physically block the entry of the new impeachment request in the lower house of Congress, shouting the left-wing slogan “Não passaram!” (They shall not pass) while pushing and shoving opponents of the embattled president.

The most serious impeachable offense in the new request is the alleged interference by the president in investigations into the massive Petrobras corruption scandal. It is based on plea bargain testimony by Senator Delcidio Amaral, a key legislative ally for Rousseff before he was arrested in November.

The OAB added the controversial appointment last week to Rousseff's Cabinet of her predecessor and mentor Lula da Silva, which the lawyers argued was an illegal move to shield him from prosecution in the Petrobras graft probe.

Lula's appointment was suspended pending review by the Supreme Court.

The OAB, which represents 1 million lawyers, also listed a complaint that is shared by many Brazilians, that the Rousseff government hurt Brazil's interests by granting FIFA a generous blanket tax exemption when it held the World Cup in Brazil.

The World Cup generated revenues of US$4.8 billion for FIFA, against expenses of US$2.2 billion, according to FIFA's website.

The new impeachment petition will join a dozen others waiting for consideration by the speaker of the house Eduardo Cunha, a fierce critic of Rousseff who himself is facing corruption charges related to the Petrobras case for allegedly receiving millions in bribes and having undeclared Swiss bank accounts.

Cunha can accept a second bid to impeach the president in tandem with the current process but he is only expected to do so if the first case against Rousseff is defeated.

Rousseff is struggling to save her presidency in the midst of the worst economic recession in a generation and the widening graft investigation that started at state-run oil company Petrobras.

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  • Tik Tok

    A good explanation of what the scum PT have done here
    https://medium.com/@leandroruschel/what-is-really-going-on-in-brazil-659ff3e2ca68#.a04v28emu

    Mar 29th, 2016 - 02:08 pm 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 1 Tik Tok

    That is one well thought out report on the whole situation facing Brazil today, except of course that DumbAss has just lost the support she needs from her 'friends'.

    Seems the rats are finally leaving the ship.

    Mar 30th, 2016 - 12:56 pm 0
  • L0B0MAU

    As the picture keeps on changing day after day; it's too early to jump to conclusions based on the well publicised news. “The News” which THEY want everyone to hear.

    One can never really know [trust], what's going on - far away from the earshot and behind the back of the population.

    If this was not true, The Crisis would not have appeared out of the blue, just AFTER the elections - very conveniently - only after gaining power! During the entire campaigning, not even one word was uttered by any of the parties about the brewing crisis, which was quite evident from the economic & statistical figures, as early as 2'014!

    Mar 31st, 2016 - 09:24 am 0
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