President Temer submits defense to lower house

Temer was charged with obstruction of justice and racketeering along

Published on 04/10/2017 - 17:50 By Débora Brito reports from Agência Brasil - Brasília

Brasília - Presidente da CCJ da Câmara, Rodrigo Pacheco, recebe do advogado Eduardo Carnelós a defesa do presidente Michel Temer contrária à segunda denúncia apresentada pela PGR (Wilson Dias/Agência Brasil)

The head of the lower house committee receives the president's defense from Temer's lawyer Eduardo Carnelós.Wilson Dias/Agência Brasil

President Michel Temer's defense statement was submitted to the lower house today (Oct. 4) by his lawyer Eduardo Carnelós. The document comes as a response to the second round of charges against the president, filed by former Prosecutor-General Rodrigo Janot. Temer is being accused of obstruction of justice and racketeering, along with Ministers Moreira Franco and Eliseu Padilha.

Padilha and Moreira Franco already had their defenses submitted. Under Brazilian law, the lower house must grant its approval before the case advances to the Supreme Court.

A special lower house committee will consider the charges before it is brought before the full house for deliberation, when the vote of 342 lawmakers is required to further the case.

President Temer and Ministers Padilha and Franco are believed to have formed a corruption ring involving members of their party in the lower house, aimed at extracting illicit advantages from government agencies.

Translated by Fabrício Ferreira

Fonte: President Temer files defense at lower house

Edition: Amanda Cieglinski / Mariana Branco

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