The Brazilian Supreme Court on Monday postponed a ruling on President Michel Temer’s petition to drop an investigation into bribery and other corrupt practices alleged against the chief executive. Supreme Court Chief Justice Carmen Lúcia said the court will only rule on the petition after a police laboratory has examined a potentially incriminating audio tape. The audio tape, released by the court last week, appeared to show Temer condoning a system of payoffs to a former Chamber of Deputies Speaker. Temer alleges that the tape was edited. The court was originally due to rule on Temer’s petition this Wednesday. The police laboratory report could take several days to prepare. A court decision to drop the investigation against Temer might help the President preserve some of his congressional support, a though public support for the administration has already largely evaporated. A court decision to press on with the probe would further undermine Temer’s already fragile backing.
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