Brazil ex-President Temer back in custody on graft charges

The Associated Press

Former Brazilian President Michel Temer, center, leaves his residence inside a federal police vehicle in Sao Paulo on Thursday, a day after a judge ruled he should await trial in jail.

The Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s former President Michel Temer was arrested for a second time on corruption charges Thursday, a sign that the former backroom dealmaker may be running out of moves in the face of a sprawling probe that has roiled Latin America’s largest nation.

Temer, 78, was taken to the headquarters of the federal police in Sao Paulo, where he will spend his first night as authorities seek a more appropriate place for him to stay. As a former president, Temer was entitled to special accommodations, both as a detainee and prisoner.

Temer’s latest legal woes began Wednesday, when a federal judge ordered the former president to return to jail while he’s investigated in several cases of alleged corruption related to the Car Wash, a far-reaching probe that has ensnared many of the country’s elite since being launched in 2014.

After Temer left his home in police custody, the former president’s daughter left the house on foot, declining to speak to journalists. “This is a siege!” she said.

According to the prosecutors, construction company Engevix paid Temer bribes in exchange for a contract to build a nuclear power plant in the city of Angra dos Reis in the southern part of Rio de Janeiro state.

Prosecutors alleged in a previous statement that one Engevix executive said in plea bargain testimony that he paid more than $300,000 in 2014 to a company owned by a close Temer associate, Col. Joao Baptista Lima Filho, who also turned himself in.

Temer was first arrested in March but freed on appeal five days later by a judge who argued he did not pose a risk to the ongoing investigation.

A spokesperson for the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice confirmed it had received a habeas corpus petition from Temer’s defense team, asking for his release. A decision could come within a few days.Speech

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