The Brazilian Supreme Court on Thursday voted 10-1 to send a prosecutor’s indictment against President Michel Temer directly to the Chamber of Deputies for a key procedural vote. The court rejected a motion by Temer’s legal defense team that would have dismissed the case because of allegedly tainted testimony by witnesses. Instead, the indictment will go to the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, which will vote whether to send Temer directly to trial or whether to hold over the case until Temer retires at the end of 2018. Prosecutors allege that Temer participated in what they call “a criminal organization” to give and accept bribes. They also accuse Temer of obstruction of justice. Temer has denied all charges. The fate of the latest indictment in the Chamber of Deputies is uncertain. An earlier indictment, for nonfeasance, resulted in a Chamber of Deputies vote to hold over prosecution until 2019.
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