Published: Fri, March 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brazil's former President Temer arrested on corruption charges

Brazil's former President Temer arrested on corruption charges

Some of Brazil's biggest political and business names have been snared in the country's sprawling anti-corruption investigation that began in 2014 as a probe into money laundering at a auto wash outlet in the capital Brasilia.

The 78-year-old Temer was arrested in Sao Paulo by police, and is among the senior-most politicians and corporate leaders who have been arrested so far in the probe.

The G1 news portal reported that Temer was arrested on Thursday morning in São Paulo as part of Operation Carwash, the country's largest ever corruption investigation, which led to the convictions of numerous members of Brazil's political elite.

Temer, who was vice-president at the time, came to the presidency in 2016 after then-president Dilma Rousseff was impeached and ousted from office for mismanaging the federal budget.

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The affair, which centers on the state oil company Petrobras, has implicated dozens of politicians and entrepreneurs.

Temer, the predecessor of current President Jair Bolsonaro, was Brazil's most unpopular leader ever and faced a number of corruption accusations on leaving office a year ago.

Temer is shown during his inauguration on January 1, 2011, as vice-president, along with then-president Dilma Rousseff, centre, and her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Rousseff and allies in her Workers' Party accused Temer of orchestrating her ouster, which he denied. Temer twice mustered enough support in Congress to avoid prosecution and his term ended before the third case proceeded far enough for Congress to vote.

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