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Brazil: Former President Michel Temer is arrested

Thursday, March 21st 2019 - 14:41 UTC
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The former president is being investigated under the largest operation to combat corruption in the Brazil’s history, Lava Jato (Car Wash)
The former president is being investigated under the largest operation to combat corruption in the Brazil’s history, Lava Jato (Car Wash)
Former Mines and Energy minister Franco Moreira Former Mines and Energy minister Franco Moreira
Angra 3, one of Brazil's several nuclear power plants Angra 3, one of Brazil's several nuclear power plants

Former Brazilian President Michel Temer was arrested on Thursday on corruption charges, a dramatic development in a sprawling corruption probe that has roiled Brazil has showed no sign of slowing.

In a statement, the Prosecutors Office in Rio de Janeiro said that Judge Marcelo Breitas had issued an arrest order for Temer and Moreira Franco, a former minister and close ally of Temer. The statement did not detail the charges against the two and a spokeswoman at the Prosecutors Office also declined to specify the charges.

O'Globo Television showed images of the former president being accompanied by police
in Sao Paulo, where Temer lives. Helicopter images showed Temer getting out of a police convoy at an airport, presumably to be brought to Rio de Janeiro and processed.

Breitas is overseeing the Rio portion of a massive corruption probe involving kickbacks to politicians and public officials. Since launching in March 2014, the so-called Car Wash investigation has led to the jailing of top businessmen and politicians, including ex-President Lula da Silva.

Brazilian media report that Temer allegedly received over a million Reais from Engevix, through a close friend, ex Colonel Joao Baptista Lima Filho, who was also arrested, as was Franco Moreira, a former minister of Mines and Energy.

Allegedly Engevix was linked to the construction of Brazil's Angra 3 nuclear plant, and thus the corruption probe had the name of “Radioactivity”. Among charges are criminal association, active and passive corruption, money laundering and fraud in the bidding process.

Apparently Electronuclear, which runs Brazil's nuclear plants power generation contracted AF Consult Ltd (Finland) Brazilian branch and Engevix, and mounted the bribes and money siphoning scheme.

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  • DemonTree

    Wow, I was starting to think it was never gonna happen.

    Mar 21st, 2019 - 04:28 pm 0
  • :o))


    I'm sorry but I'm unable to fathom your bliss!

    This really is such sad news!

    1st; These crooks encouraged to STEAL public-funds
    2nd; They are permitted to KEEP the stolen wealth
    3rd: As if that is not enough, more funds are WASTED in the investigations, trials & to keep the crooks in the Five-Star Prison [for a few months/years ONLY]!

    A sad news, pathetic indeed - but not for the daffy/dotty:$p$f$q$w=904c3fd

    Mar 21st, 2019 - 10:59 pm 0
  • Jack Bauer

    DT (Contn of “Bolsonaro points to Carnival...”)

    “No. This wasn't ancient history, it was the 70s”…Sorry, not clear to me, d’you mean that the UK was only considered safe after 1970 ? (if so, that is mol the time-frame I had in mind).

    ”Those methods still used today (Guantanamo bay, 'enhanced interrogation' etc). But they did NOT reduce the violence, they made it worse”
    So the same methods, in use since the 70s, haven’t helped reduce violence ? By the “Good Friday Agreements” (‘98), presume you’re referring to IRA violence….because if so, had nothing to do with organized or common street crime, the problem in Brazil.
    And you believe draconian policing perpetuates violence, that it’s not effective…
    Perhaps not in the UK, where you were dealing with a totally different problem to Brazil. The fact there is “no lack of manpower” has nothing to do with “draconian” policing….the reason there are plenty of crime candidates is because of the lack of social options…the result of the shitty structure of Brazilian society, lack of education, ‘n other basic services which might guarantee a decent mode of survival other than resorting to crime.

    You never said “after all, they can't be as bad as you (JB) make them to be” - I was simply presuming how you might react, because you believe criminals “here” are recoverable. I don’t think so...the great majority of those who go to prison, go right back to crime the moment they are set free. “…if they attract the attention of ex-cops/cops, and run the risk of getting killed, why don't they change their ways ?” I think, again, because of lack of options…a 10, or 12 year old who goes into crime, has already abandoned school, ‘n is unlikely to turn back.

    WCCs who usually have a College education, don't get thrown into the general prison population ; ex-cops are usually incarcerated in military prisons, provided they weren’t dishonorably discharged, as putting them with the general population would mean certain death.

    Mar 22nd, 2019 - 07:31 pm 0
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