Brazil coup leader implicated in mega-bribe


If the allegation is true, Brazil’s acting president pocketed one of the largest bribes in history.

And the allegation would go a long way to explain why Michel Temer and his neocon compatriots were so eager to impeach President Dilma Rousseff.

From teleSUR English:

Brazil’s acting President Michel Temer allegedly received a bribe of US$296 million that Engevix company owner Jose Antunes Sobrinho paid through intermediaries, Brazilian magazine Epoca reported Saturday.

The report cited allegations by the executive in efforts to secure a plea bargain with federal authorities.

In his proposed plea bargain, Antunes alleges that Joao Batista Lima, owner of the Sao Paulo-based architecture firm Argeplan and a close friend of Temer, had received work contracts in exchange for granting bribes to the current Brazilian head-of-state.

Lima, a former military police colonel, has repeatedly been accused of being the “key person involved in the dirty work” between companies and PMDB politicians.

If his plea bargain request is granted, Antunes says that he can prove Temer received a bribe of US$296 million in exchange for a construction contract that was awarded to Argeplan to build the Angra III nuclear-generation unit, which forms part of Brazil’s sole nuclear power plant.

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