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Access to Confidential Information by Temer's Defense to Be Investigated

03/07/2018 - 12h48

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REYNALDO TUROLLO JR.
GUSTAVO URIBE
MARINA DIAS
JOSÉ MARQUES
FROM BRASÍLIA

Luís Roberto Barroso, justice of the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court (STF) and rapporteur of the inquiry related to Michel Temer (MDB) and a decree regulating ports, ordered an investigation into the leaking of confidential information to the president's defense.

On Tuesday (6), Temer's attorneys asked Barroso for access to a confidential proceeding – an action for provisional remedy, concurrently in progress with the inquiry – in which the justice has issued an order to lift Temer's bank secrecy.

According to the justice, their petition included strictly confidential information. On February 27, Barroso had already ordered an investigation into information leaked to the press.

The inquiry on the port's decree was launched by the STF in 2017.

The administration has not issued any statements regarding the order. Earlier on, Chief of Staff Eliseu Padilha stated Temer's lift of bank secrecy was a singular event and said that it took the government by surprise.

LOW SPIRITS

The last court decisions against Temer have left his team in low spirits regarding a possible strategy for re-election this year.

They expect the legal siege around Temer to last until the end of the first semester, affecting his public image and hindering the recovery of his popularity.

Translated by ANA BEATRIZ DEMARIA

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