Brazilian President Temer faces new corruption charges, leading a criminal organisation

Brazilian President Michel Temer attends the ceremony of 152th anniversary of the Riachuelo Naval Battle at the Marine Corps Headquarters in Brasilia, Brazil June 9, 2017. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
Brazil’s President Michel Temer faced new charges of obstruction of justice and illicit association on Thursday, which was filed by prosecutor-general Rodrigo Janot to the Supreme Court.

Janot has accused Temer of paying hush funds to a former speaker of the lower Chamber of Deputies and to an operator of his political group, and alleges that Temer is the criminal organisation operating in Brazil’s Congress and executive.

Temer was accused along with six other political allies, Janot’s office said in a statement.

But Temer was widely believed to have enough support in Congress to avoid being forced to face trial.

Brazilian President Michel Temer, shortly after being hit with fresh graft charges on Thursday, said in a written statement that the nation’s top prosecutor is on an “irresponsible campaign” of making allegations to cover his own failures.