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Brazilian police arrests close friend and aide of president Temer

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Prosecutors allege he was handling a bribe from a businessman who had been recorded discussing hush money with President Temer. Prosecutors allege he was handling a bribe from a businessman who had been recorded discussing hush money with President Temer.
Temer has repeatedly denied any involvement in the bribery scandal, and argued that Rocha Loures could be the victim of a trap. Temer has repeatedly denied any involvement in the bribery scandal, and argued that Rocha Loures could be the victim of a trap.
The owners of J&F's, the controlling shareholder of JBS, said under a plea bargain that they spent 600m Reais (US$184m) to bribe nearly 1,900 politicians The owners of J&F's, the controlling shareholder of JBS, said under a plea bargain that they spent 600m Reais (US$184m) to bribe nearly 1,900 politicians

Brazilian police have arrested Rodrigo Rocha Loures, a former congressman and close friend of President Michel Temer. Rocha Loures was seen in a video released in May carrying a bag with 500,000 Brazilian Reais (US$154,000).

 Prosecutors allege he was handling a bribe from a businessman who had been recorded discussing hush money with President Temer. His arrest comes as part of a probe into alleged payments to politicians by the meat-packing company JBS.

President Temer has repeatedly denied any involvement in the bribery scandal, which threatens to engulf his administration. He said Mr Rocha Loures could be the victim of a trap.

The owners of J&F's, the controlling shareholder of JBS, said under a plea bargain that they spent 600m Reais (US$184 m) to bribe nearly 1,900 politicians over a number of years.

One of them, Joesley Batista, also gave prosecutors an audio tape, leaked to the media, in which president Temer appears to condone bribing a witness. The audio came from a conversation between the president and Joesley, and was recorded using a hidden device.

In it, Temer appears to discuss paying for the silence of politician Eduardo Cunha, who is currently in prison. Mr. Temer has said the recording is genuine but may have been tampered with. He says it was taken from a meeting in March and he denies any wrongdoing.

“I never authorized any payments for someone to be silent,” he said in a televised address. “I did not buy anyone's silence. I fear no accusations.” Temer has resisted calls to step down over the scandal.

The country's Supreme Court has approved an investigation into the allegations against the president. Rocha Loures could seek a plea bargain and reveal who the money was intended for, but that could damage the president's assertion that he did nothing illegal.

Categories: Politics, Brazil.

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  • :o))

    The KEY Witnesses - Eduardo Cunha, Rodrigo Rocha & MANY others prefer to keep their lips sealed instead of whistle-blowing; CLEARLY, indicates that they are very well taken care of, obviously are “quite comfortable” and are “feeling at home” behind [?] bars!

    Isn't this STRANGE?

    What is MORE strange; is that MANY of these political hoods are not even behind bars, are enjoying complete freedom, are still politically VERY active AND keep enjoying their illicit loot!

    The most lamentable of it all; is that NONE of the crooks are ever likely to return ALL of their illegal gains!

    CONCLUSION: Draw your own!

    Jun 07th, 2017 - 10:34 pm 0
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