Brazil: President recorded discussing pay-off for witness in corruption case

Source: Newsweek

“Brazilian President Michel Temer gave his blessing to an attempt to pay a potential witness to remain silent in the country’s biggest-ever graft probe, according to plea bargain testimony by a powerful businessman, newspaper O Globo reported on Wednesday. Temer’s office on Wednesday acknowledged he had met in March with the businessman, Chairman Joesley Batista of meat giant JBS, but denied any part in alleged efforts to keep jailed former House Speaker Eduardo Cunha from testifying. The O Globo report, which three sources familiar with the matter said was accurate, threatened to pull Temer into a corruption scandal that has already entangled several of his closest allies and advisors. … Batista used a hidden device to record an alleged discussion with Temer about hush money the executive was paying to Cunha, according to the newspaper.” (05/18/17)

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