Brazil's Temer denies accusations of corruption

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian President Michel Temer denied on Tuesday accusations of corruption made against him by the Federal Police.

The Federal Police announced on Monday the conclusion of an ample investigation against the leaders of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB), the president's political party.

In the investigation, the police found evidence of a criminal organization in the PMDB leadership, with Temer at the center.

According to the Federal Police, Temer commanded a criminal group formed by PMDB leaders in the Congress and the cabinet, through which he obtained illicit advantages in the form of hefty bribes.

This is not the first accusation against Temer. He was formally charged with corruption recently, but the lower house of parliament dismissed the charges. However, the president may still face several other charges over the next few months.

Temer vehemently denied any involvement in corruption. His press office released a statement which did not mention the Federal Police directly, but made allusions to "baseless accusations."

"Villains steal the truth from the country. Leaks present conclusions which turn legal actions into crime: the corporate contributions to political campaigns were perfectly legal and subject to the control of the electoral courts. Though wrongdoings must be corrected, one cannot criminalize actions protected by constitutional guarantees," the president's office said.

[ Editor: meng ]
 

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