Brazilian justice orders re-imprisonment of former president Michel Temer

Michel Temer
FILE PHOTO - Brazil's President Michel Temer gestures during a meeting with governors and ministers to discuss public safety at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil March 1, 2018. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — An appeals court in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday ordered the re-imprisonment of former Brazilian president Michel Temer on charges of corruption.

An adviser at the Court of Appeal said the decision was “immediately effective”.

The court had overturned a decision of a court of first instance on 25 March that ordered the release of the former President.

Temer, who led Brazil between 2016 and 2018, is suspected of leading a “criminal organization” that misrepresented hundreds of millions of euros and spent four days at the end of March behind bars in secret custody.

Temer, 78, was arrested five years ago and is facing the biggest corruption scandal in Brazil’s history of the Petrobras oil group.

Temer came to power in August 2016 after Dalia Rousseff was sacked on charges of forging public accounts, a center-right vice president.

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