Former Brazilian President Michel Tamer is indicted in a corruption case

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

BRAZIL (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Former Brazilian President Michel Tamer has been indicted on corruption charges for allegedly using an intermediary to pick up a bag of money from JBS, the world’s largest meat packing company, federal prosecutors said.

Tamer, who took office in 2016 until the end of 2018, was arrested last week as part of a separate investigation and accused him of running a large-scale criminal network that was demanding bribes for public works projects.

Tamer denies all charges against him and his lawyers succeeded in securing his release on bail this week.

In 2017, Rodrigo da Rocha-Loris appeared in a video clip of security surveillance cameras at a Sao Paulo restaurant carrying a $ 128,166 bag, which prosecutors said was a bribe from the owners of JBS.

Tamer Eduardo Carnelos’ lawyer said in a statement that the accusations were part of a “despicable operation aimed at tarnishing the image of the former president.”

He added that the charges were “baseless”.

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