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Brazilian president accused of having received US$ 300.000 for political campaign funding

Friday, November 11th 2016 - 08:48 UTC
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The claim is that a million Reais were paid to the political campaign of Temer, according to Rousseff's lawyers The claim is that a million Reais were paid to the political campaign of Temer, according to Rousseff's lawyers

Brazilian President Michel Temer has been accused of taking a large bribe by a former political ally. Lawyers for former President Dilma Rousseff, who was removed from office in May, filed court documents which they say prove the claim.

 The controversy centers around whether a payment of a million Reais (US$295,000) was made to the leader. Mr Temer was Ms Rousseff's vice-president before being promoted after her dismissal. She was impeached in September after claims she moved money between government budgets, which is illegal in Brazil.

The country's top electoral court has spent months investigating whether illegal funds were used in Ms Rousseff's 2014 re-election campaign for the Workers Party (PT). If this happened, her entire ticket's win could be reversed - meaning Mr Temer, a member of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), would also be removed from office.

At the heart of the allegations is a donation of a million Reais made by Otavio Azevedo, the former CEO of construction firm Andrade Gutierrez. Mr Azevedo testified as part of a plea bargain that the money was a bribe given to Ms Rousseff.

But the documents her lawyers filed allegedly show that Andrade Gutierrez transferred the cash directly to the PMDB's general campaign finance fund. A check for the same sum was then allegedly paid into Mr Temer's personal campaign fund.

Ms Rousseff's lawyers say that Mr Azevedo lied and that the bribe went to Mr Temer, who should therefore be impeached. President Temer has stated that Ms Rousseff was head of the ticket and held all responsibility for any wrongdoing. His party said the donation was legal and was declared before the electoral court.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

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  • :o))

    The good news is that corruption, unaccounted cash, money laundering, undeclared accounts, etc, etc, criminal practices are on their way to get perfectly legalized in Brazil VERY soon!

    Nov 13th, 2016 - 01:51 pm 0
  • Jack Bauer

    When is the fat cow going to realize she was impeached for reasons other than campaign funds.....but if she wants to add that to her list of crimes, why not ?

    Nov 16th, 2016 - 10:37 pm 0
  • :o))

    Too many mistakes in the headline:

    “Brazilian president accused of .........”:

    1º: REF: president: Which president?
    2º: REF: president: Shouldn't it be in PLURAL - presidents?
    3º: REF: president: Which president did NOT?
    4º: REF: president: Why only “A President” is being isolated?
    5º: REF: US$ 300.000: Is such a ridiculously small and a miserable amount - as compared to the stolen billions - why is this a news in the First place? :o))

    Nov 20th, 2016 - 01:56 pm 0
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