Brazil President Faces Corruption Interrogation amid Electoral Trial that Could Oust Him

By: Karina Martín - Jun 6, 2017, 10:55 am
The questions have to do with Temer’s connections to a new corruption investigation filed against him following the leak of a recording in which he can be heard negotiating a bribe.  (Twitter)

EspañolBrazil President Michel Temer has received a list of 84 question from the country’s Federal Police, and he has 24 hours to answer them.

The questions have to do with his connections to a new corruption investigation filed against him following the leak of a recording in which he can be heard negotiating a bribe. In the recording, Temer seems to express a desire to buy the silence of an influential congressman imprisoned for participating in corrupt dealings with the state-owned oil company Petrobras.

According to sources of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), Temer has the right to not respond to the interrogation on suspicions of passive corruption, obstruction of justice and criminal organization.


If he does answer them, he will have to do so one day before facing another case of potential corruption, this one involving alleged irregularities in the 2014 campaign, for which he served as vice president.

At its worst, Temer would be found guilty of “economic and political abuse of power,” which in turn could involve charges of illegal funding and fraud with Petrobas. Regardless, Temer is expected to appeal and delay the process for several months.

His main ally, the Party of Brazilian Social Democracy (PSDB), will reportedly await the ruling to decide whether he should resign.

Sources: El Nuevo Herald; El Carabobeño; El País.

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Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Journalists Covering Venezuela’s Protests Face Brutal Repression from Maduro Dictatorship

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - Jun 6, 2017, 9:27 am

EspañolProtests continued in Venezuela this Monday, June 5, with a plan by the opposition to plant themselves in main avenues and roads in the country's capital of Caracas. This time, however, the repressive forces of the dictatorship were able to prevent citizens from organizing. They also seemed to pay more attention to members of the media trying to cover the event, displaying equal aggression to them as to protesters. The repression began at eight in the morning on the Francisco Fajardo motorway, which was taken by members of the Bolivarian National Guard. That location has become known as a gathering point for protests, but on Monday, it was empty. Read More: Viewing Trump’s Travel Ban Through the Prism of Pragmatism Read More: US Officials Considering New Sanctions on Venezuelan Regime The brutality of law enforcement was especially bad this time around, many witnesses said, but also unique in that much of the repression was focused on the press trying to cover the event. "Get out of here or we'll treat you like protesters," some members of the National Guard told journalists at Francisco Fajardo motorway. Many of them were brutally beaten and attacked. Venezuelan media outlet Globovisión had its cameras thrown off the freeway by the Bolivarian National Guard. Another journalist for RUNRUN, Francisco Zambrano, had his phone confiscated as well. A journalist from Crónica Uno was reportedly shot in El Paraíso. "I was robbed of my cell phone and gas masks," journalist Mary Mena of TV Venezuela said. "They tried to hit me but I raised my arms and I didn't let them." El Cooperante reporters also had their cameras, phones and tripods taken away. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); A member of the Bolivarian National Guard told members of El Nacional to leave the area, beating them and taking their equipment. Vane Tarantino, a photographer for El Pitazo, was shot with a pellet while covering the protest. Faced with brutal repression and attacks on the press, opposition leader María Corina Machado, said: "Every time they rob, repress and insult us, they unite an entire country around one purpose: their exit now! We will regroup, we will not leave." Opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski claimed President Nicolás Maduro ordered law enforcement to stifle the press.

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