Lower House Committee rejects charges against Brazilian president Temer

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President Michel Temer during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil July 13, 2017.

Welcome to reality: after a nine-years-sentence against Brazilian ex-president Lula, who was a union leader with a great support amongst the majority of Brazilian population, now comes the news that  the Constitutional Justice Committee of Brazil’s Lower House rejected charges against former president Michel Temer, related to Odebrecht file.

The Lower House Committee has rejected by 40 votes to 25, with one abstention, the attorney general´s request for corruption charges to be brought against President Michel Temer.

However, to pass the request the full House must vote in favor by two-thirds before the Supreme Court can open a trial.

The decision has to with Sergio Zveiter, special rapporteur for the corruption case against the Brazilian president, who said that there was sufficient evidence to confirm the charges and to proceed to a trial.

Making his initial presentation of the case to the Constitution and Justice Committee (CCJ) of Brazil’s Lower House of Congress, Zveiter said, “There is sufficient evidence. This is not a dreamt-up accusation. It is necessary to investigate the president’s involvement in receiving R$500,000.”

Brazil’s Attorney General Rodrigo Janot also requested last month that charges of corruption be brought against President Temer. A few days earlier the Federal Police had confirmed the authenticity of an audio recording made in March as part of a plea bargain.

The decision by the Constitutional Justice Committee, or CCJ, has angered many in the opposition. Shouts of “Temer out!” were yelled outside the chamber.

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