Blog: Brazil’s speaker given 10 days to answer charges of bribery
The Buenos Aires Herald (Argentina) reported that yesterday in Brasilia, Brazil’s Supreme Court informed the country’s Lower House speaker, Eduardo Cunha, that he has 10 days to respond to charges stemming from his alleged involvement in the Petrobras kickback scandal.
He is accused of:
• Using his position as head of the Lower House to intimidate colleagues and hinder corruption investigations into state oil company Petrobras.
• Receiving US$5 million in bribes in exchange for favorable contracts with Petrobras
• Hiding those illicit funds in secret bank accounts in Switzerland.
The speaker denies the charges. However, Attorney General Rodrigo Janot says he has “robust elements” that prove the politician received bribes.
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