Brazilian ex-president Temer surrendered to police

Michel Temer
Brazilian President Michel Temer addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Former Brazilian President Michel Temer on Thursday arrived at the headquarters of the federal police in São Paulo after a court decision to return him to custody, reports the channel Globo.

A federal court in Rio de Janeiro decided on Wednesday to return Temer’s custody during a series of investigations into corruption scandals. Now Temer is awaiting the decision of the police on his further whereabouts.

Earlier it was reported that on March 21, Temer was detained in São Paulo on suspicion of leading a criminal organization engaged in corruption, but was released four days later by a court decision. A few days later, he was charged with new corruption charges related to the Angra nuclear power plant complex on the coast of Rio de Janeiro.

Brazilian authorities have tried several times to launch an investigation into Temer’s alleged corrupt activities. In September last year, the Brazilian federal police sent a report to the Supreme Federal Court, which stated that there was evidence that Temer received bribes from the construction company Odebrecht.

Also in the materials of the investigators there is an audio recording in which the Brazilian leader talks with the JBS owner Joesley Batista and allegedly orders to pay more than 630 thousand dollars to the former head of the Chamber of Deputies Eduard Cunier for the silence on the corruption case around the Petrobras oil company.

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