In a unanimous vote, the Brazilian Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against a petition by President Michel Temer that would have characterized Chief Federal Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot as “biased” in investigating alleged government corruption. The ruling clears the way for Janot to seek indictments against the President and others in relation to alleged bribery and money laundering. The ruling came the same day as the Federal Police arrest of meatpacking executive Wesley Batista, a partner in the sprawling but financially troubled J&F holding company. Batista is accused of involvement in government corruption as well as obstruction of justice and insider trading. Any indictment of Temer, however, must be approved by the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies. A previous indictment against Temer was blocked in a dramatic Chamber vote.
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