Brazil congressional panel votes against putting Temer on trial

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 13, 2017 5:08 PM

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A Brazilian congressional committee on Thursday voted against sending a corruption charge against President Michel Temer to the Supreme Court for the leader to be put on trial.

The vote is non-binding and the full house must still vote on the charge, which would only be approved if two-thirds of legislators vote for it.

Temer was charged last month in connection with a graft scheme involving the world's largest meatpacker, JBS SA. General Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot accused Temer of arranging to receive a total of 38 million reais ($11.85 million) in bribes from JBS in the next nine months.

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($1 = 3.2072 reais)

(Reporting by Brad Brooks; Editing by Tom Brown)