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Secrecy Likely to Stall New Charge Against President Temer

09/01/2017 - 10h26

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LETÍCIA CASADO
REYNALDO TUROLLO JR.
LEANDRO COLON
FROM BRASÍLIA

The submission of the second charge against Brazilian president Michel Temer to the lower house of Congress is likely to be delayed in view of the possible secrecy of the new accusation by prosecutor general, Rodrigo Janot, to be filed with the STF (Brazilian Supreme Federal Court).

The delay is due to the judicial secrecy of the plea bargain deal between businessman Lúcio Funaro, and the Prosecutor General's Office.

The information provided by Funaro could remain confidential even after it is ratified by justice Edson Fachin, rapporteur of operation Car Wash.

This is so because the prosecution wants to handle the charges under classified information.

Fachin intends to ratify the agreement until Wednesday (6). The justice's measure will pave the way for Janot to bring charges against Temer for obstruction of justice and criminal organization.

After the charges are filed, the prosecutor may ask Fachin to make the plea bargain with the businessman public. He is allegedly the currency-exchange operator for leaders of the party PMDB, connected to the lower house.

After lifting the secrecy, the accusation can be sent to the lower house, where it needs to be analyzed by congressmen, responsible for authorizing the STF to receive the accusation and remove the president from office for up to 180 days.

There is no expected date for the information to become public, therefore the accusations against the president are at a standstill.

This current outlook does not concern the administration, willing to fight to quickly dismiss charges in the lower house, similarly to what happened to the previous corruption proceeding. The government wants to remove the matter from the political agenda of Congress to speed up voting on reforms.

Translated by ANA BEATRIZ DEMARIA

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Leonardo Benassatto - 16.ago.2017/Reuters
Brazil's President Michel Temer reacts as he makes a presentation to investors at Santander bank in São Paulo
Brazil's President Michel Temer reacts as he makes a presentation to investors at Santander bank in São Paulo

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