The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted 40-25 to reject a report that would have authorized prosecution of President Michel Temer in a Supreme Court trial. The effort to bring Temer to trial, however, is not over. The committee’s decision can still be overturned by the full Chamber of Deputies. The committee will now appoint one of its members to write a new report arguing against prosecution. That report will be sent to the full Chamber and voted on. The Chamber can vote to reject the new report and pass a motion authorizing prosecution. Under Brazil’s Constitution, the President can only be tried in the Supreme Court and only if the Chamber of Deputies authorizes such a trial. Federal prosecutors have accused Temer of various acts of corruption. The committee vote comes just one day after a federal judge sentenced a former Brazilian President, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, to nearly ten years in prison for similar offenses. Former President Lula said Thursday that he will appeal his conviction, which he called “a travesty of justice.” Legal experts said Thursday that Lula’s appeal could take up to one year to be heard. During that period, the former president will remain at liberty.
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