Ex-president arrested over corruption

Marco Green
Марта 21, 2019

Brazil's ex-president Michel Temer was arrested Thursday, an official said, as part of a sprawling anti-corruption probe that has already claimed dozens of political and corporate scalps.

He has consistently denied any wrongdoing. His arrest was considered imminent after he lost his legal protection when he left office.

The arrest is related to charges over alleged graft involving the construction of the Angra 3 nuclear plant, Reuters reported, citing the Brazilian Federal Prosecutor's Office. At least some of inquiries into his affairs are part of the ongoing large-scale criminal investigation known as Operation Car Wash in Brazil.

Local media say police had been trying to trace Mr Temer since Wednesday.

Temer was former president Dilma Rousseff's vice-president, and came to power after Brazil's first female president was forced from office.

While he was president, Temer was charged with a slew of crimes, including corruption, racketeering, and obstruction of justice, but managed to dodge impeachment proceedings thanks to his alliances in Congress. His former Mining and Energy Minister Moreira Franco was also arrested. It provoked huge street protests nationwide. Former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is serving a lengthy jail term after being found guilty in two corruption cases.

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