Leaked Audio Shows Brazil President Temer Negotiating Bribes

By: Orlando Avendaño - @OrlvndoA - May 18, 2017, 8:30 am
The implications involved in this information are monumental. In fact, several deputies have already asked for the impeachment and dismissal of Temer. (Wikimedia)

EspañolA new audio recording has leaked in which Brazil President Michel Temer can be heard discussing the details of a bribe offered to a major former official.

The president of the company JBS SA allegedly gave the audio to the Brazilian newspaper O Globo, though it isn’t clear who was responsible for recording.

President of JBS Joesley Batista and his brother, Chief Executive Wesley Batista, were reportedly discussing the purchase of the silence of ex-President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha, who is in prison.

Both brothers presented the tape to prosecutor Rodrigo Janot as part of a negotiation of charges against them.

The meeting between the company and Temer was held on March 7, during which the president can be heard giving his approval to silence Cunha.

“President Michel Temer never solicited payments to obtain the silence of former deputy Eduardo Cunha,” a statement from the Executive Branch said. “He neither participated nor authorized any activity with the objective of preventing testimonies or cooperation with justice officials by the parliamentarian.”

The full recording has not been broadcast yet, but O Globo published a segment in which Joesley Baptist can be heard offering a monthly payment to Cunha in exchange for his silence.

JBS has hired a law firm to negotiate an agreement that would benefit from possible sanctions by the United States Department of State.

Neither side offered comment on the subject. The JBS company abstained and a representative for President Temer was not available.

The implications involved in this information are monumental. In fact, several deputies have already asked for the impeachment and dismissal of Temer.

Source: Reuters, Clarín

Orlando Avendaño Orlando Avendaño

Orlando Avendaño is a PanAm Post intern who resides in Caracas, Venezuela, where he studies social communication at Andrés Bello Catholic University. Follow @OrlvndoA.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Tells Venezuelan Dictator to Go to Cuba “with His Pals”

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - May 17, 2017, 6:37 pm
Vicente Fox

Español Former Mexican president, Vicente Fox, said that in the midst of the bloody crises Venezuela is facing  today, Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro must "allow" free elections to take place so that his departure from power can be "dignified". Nicolas Maduro must "leave his pride behind, forget the mandate given to him by Hugo Chavez and allow free elections, so that he can leave with some dignity and can prevent the bloodshed," said the former Mexican president. Read More: Venezuela's Riot Police Are Ready to Jump Ship, according to WSJ Read More: Colombian Senators Plan to Take Venezuelan Dictator Maduro to International Criminal Court But if the Venezuelan dictator does not leave power democratically, Fox said, "if not, let his accomplices in Cuba or some other Latin American country receive him as a refugee." The former president insisted, "Venezuela has been living its worst period for decades." "It is unspeakable for a couple of dictators, a couple of messianic populist leaders, to destroy a great nation, a great economy, in such a short time," said Fox, referring to Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro. As for the Venezuelan dictator's measure to convene a National Constituent Assembly, Fox said that it is a strategy to "buy time" but that is a "bad move, what he should do is call an election as soon as possible." Last Monday, former president Fox gave these statements at the event "the new approach of NAFTA and its implications for Central America" that took place in Managua, Nicaragua. Maduro has presided over a collapse of the Venezuelan economy and a crackdown on democracy in the South American nation, where the opposition has routinely cried foul. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); In recent months Maduro has refused to hold regional elections, banned opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski from political life, and attempted to dissolve the nation's opposition-controlled National Assembly, moves which have only furthered the nation's slide into  chaos. Source: Cubanet

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