Brazil’s Chief Federal Prosecutor, Rodrigo Janot, on Thursday officially asked the Brazilian Supreme Court to indict President Michel Temer, two top aides and five others for conspiracy, obstruction of justice and bribery. The court received the indictment, containing more than 250 pages of accusations and background material, early Thursday evening. The court, however, cannot consent to an indictment without permission from the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies. An earlier indictment presented by Janot against Temer, this one for nonfeasance and other crimes, was blocked by the Chamber of Deputies. According to legal analysts, it could take several weeks for the Chamber to act on this, the second federal indictment against Temer. Thursday’s indictment accuses Temer and others of accepting bribes in exchange for influencing policy and legislation. Among others named in the indictment are Wellington Moreira Franco and Eliseu Padilha, considered Temer’s closest aides. Moreira Franco heads the government’s program of concessions and privatizations. Padilha is the president’s chief-of-staff. Thursday’s indictment marks the last official act by Janot, who will retire at the end of the week. Janot will be replaced by Raquel Dodge, who has said little about her intentions regarding ongoing corruption investigations.
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