Brazil’s Supreme Court Justice Luiz Edson Fachin officially suspended the investigation into the country’s President Michel Temer, who faces allegations of corruption, until 2019, when Temer’s mandate will run out, the Telesur broadcaster reported Friday.
According to the broadcaster, the court ruled on Thursday that the probe into Temer’s alleged corruption may only restart on January 1, 2019.
Fachin explained that the vote that took place in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies last week influenced his decision, with lawmakers voting against allowing the court from starting a probe into the president’s activities.
In June, Brazil’s prosecutor general Rodrigo Janot filed corruption charges against Temer, for taking bribes from meatpacking company JBS.
The case against Temer was not a flimsy or partisan one: there was a mountain of evidence, including recordings of him openly debating kickbacks with corrupt meat businessman Joesley Batista.
That a president put into power under circumstances that could be, at best, described as dodgy, manages to remain in power by buying favours from Congress, even as he passes the harshest austerity measures in the world should be enough to raise a few eyebrows internationally.
But that has not happened, and Brazil has carried on as most stories about Latin America do: unnoticed and uncommented on.
Source/Sputnik – The Guardian