Brazil’s Temer Endorsed Bribes to Cunha for His Silence

Michel Temer and Eduardo Cunha/Photo: Reuters
Brazil’s Temer Endorsed Bribes to Cunha for His Silence

Temer approved of monthly payments that Eduardo Cunha was receiving to remain silent.

On March 7 at around 10:30 p.m., businessman Joesley Batista entered the Brazilian presidential palace to meet with Michel Temer. Hidden in his pocket was a voice-recorder, according to O Globo.

The conversation between the president and Batista, chairman of meatpacking giant JBS SA, lasted for roughly 40 minutes.

Batista told Temer that he was providing monthly payments to Eduardo Cunha, former speaker of the lower house of representatives, and Lucio Funaro so that they would remain silent about dozens of embarrassing secrets.

According to Batista, Temer appeared to be satisfied with what was said, lowered his voice, and purportedly said, “Look, you’ve got to keep that up.”

The paper reported that Batista and his brother, Chief Executive Wesley Batista, presented the recording to prosecutors as part of plea bargain negotiations, adding that JBS also hired a law firm to discuss a leniency deal with the U.S. Department of Justice. The recording will be air later tonight by the largest news organization in Brazil.

In a press statement released tonight, Temer denied the allegations, saying that he did not ask for or authorize payments to Cunha.

The taped recording also implicates Aecio Neves, a senator and former presidential candidate, for demanding 2 million reais. The money was intended to pay for the senator’s defense in the ongoing “Car Wash” scandal investigations. The most alarming fact about the request is that, according to O Globo, Neves’ suggests that the person receiving the money should be eliminated physically. “It must be the type that we kill before they blow the whistle,” he is reported to have said on the recording.

Alessandro Molon, a Brazilian politician and member of the Sustainability Network, has presented an impeachment request for Michel Temer. Brazil’s parliament will have to decide to accept the request.

Thousands of Brazilians have taken to the streets to demand Temer’s ouster and immediate elections. The Workers’ Party, Youth Uprising, the Popular Front of Brazil and other social movements have all called for protests.

Brazil’s Supreme Court President Carmen Lucia is evaluating if an extraordinary congressional session should be convened to determine if Temer and Neves should be imprisoned for obstruction of justice.


Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Brazil


Brazilian Doctors Use Fish Skin to Treat Burn Victims

May 26, 2017

Brazil Police Killing Of 10 Amazon Region Land Activists Under Probe

May 26, 2017

Brazil’s Temer Govt Revokes Army Deployment Decree Amid Outrage

May 25, 2017

Brazil: Clashes Erupt as 150K Protest Temer, Demand Elections

May 24, 2017

Brazil Mainstream Media Admits Spreading Fake News About Lula

May 24, 2017

Brazilian Bar Association Calls for Michel Temer’s Impeachment

May 23, 2017

Brazil Arrests Temer Aide, Other Former Politicians in World Cup Fraud Probe

May 23, 2017

‘Coup Within A Coup: Contest For Brazil’s Future Continues’

May 22, 2017

Temer Says ‘I Won’t Resign, Oust Me if You Want’

May 22, 2017
You Can Advertise Here
"The other side of the news!"
Copyright © 2015 Carib Flame. Follow us on Twitter @caribflame