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Thugs Are Stealing the Truth, Says President Temer, Targeted in New Investigation

09/13/2017 - 11h39

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GUSTAVO URIBE
LETÍCIA CASADO
FROM BRASÍLIA

In a 24-hour period, Brazilian president Michel Temer was summoned by the Federal Police and became the target of an investigation launched by the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court (STF).

New charges should be filed against the President this week, this time regarding obstruction of justice and criminal organization.

After the disclosure, on Monday (11), of a Federal Police report indicating that the president had controlling powers in the so-called "quadrilhão do PMDB" ("PMDB's Big Gang"), Temer responded harshly to the accusation.

Following his instructions, the administration published a note criticizing the "thugs" who "steal the truth from the country", without saying names.

On the same day, at the Planalto Palace, seat of the Brazilian Government, the president indirectly criticized the accusations against him and said there is an attempt to overthrow leaders in the country.

Shortly afterwards, STF's justice Luis Roberto Barroso, authorized a new investigation involving the president and former congressman Rodrigo Rocha Loures (PMDB-PR), related to an alleged scheme to benefit the company Rodrimar, which operates in the port of Santos (SP).

Translated by ANA BEATRIZ DEMARIA

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