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Friday 22 September 2017

Brazilian President Michel Temer accused of passive corruption

Michel Temer has denied any wrongdoing and has already pledged not to resign (AP)
Michel Temer has denied any wrongdoing and has already pledged not to resign (AP)

Brazil's federal police force says it has found evidence that embattled President Michel Temer received bribes to help businesses.

Investigators said in a preliminary report published by Brazil's top court that Temer should be investigated for passive corruption.

He has denied any wrongdoing and has already pledged not to resign.

Attorney general Rodrigo Janot said last month there were enough preliminary indications of wrongdoing for Temer to be investigated for corruption and obstruction of justice.

If Brazil's senior prosecutor agrees with the federal police recommendation, congress will decide whether Temer should be investigated by the Supreme Court, the only body that can formally investigate the president.

If two-thirds of Congress votes to allow the investigation, Temer would be suspended from office pending trial.

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