Brazil congressional report recommends shelving Temer charges

Brazil congressional report recommends shelving Temer charges

A Brazilian congressional report recommended on Tuesday that President Michel Temer should not face trial for obstruction of justice and membership in a criminal organisation, arguing that the charges against him were unfounded.

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's President Michel Temer gestures during a ceremony in commemoration of the National Day of Micro and Small Enterprises, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil October 4, 2017. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

BRASILIA: A Brazilian congressional report recommended on Tuesday that President Michel Temer should not face trial for obstruction of justice and membership in a criminal organisation, arguing that the charges against him were unfounded.

The committee report by Congressman Bonifacio de Andrada, a Temer ally, also recommended shelving charges against two of his cabinet ministers stemming from a corruption case involving bribes paid by meatpacker JBS SA. The full lower house of Congress, which has the power to decide whether a president should face trial at the Supreme Court, is expected to approve Andrada's recommendation in a vote in two weeks.

(Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Andrew Hay)

Source: Reuters

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