The president of Brazil is now formally accused of corruption stemming from an investigation involving the executives of JBS Meat.
Brazil’s attorney general formally accused President Michel Temer of corruption, making him the first sitting president in Latin America’s largest nation to face criminal charges.
The case now goes to Brazil’s lower house of Congress—the Chamber of Deputies—that will decide if it has merit. If two-thirds of the legislature decides that it does, then Temer will be suspended for up to 180 days while a trial is conducted.
In his decision, Brazil’s attorney general said at some point between March and April of this year, Temer took a roughly $150,000 bribe offered by Joesly Batista, former chairman of JBS.
Temer has denied wrongdoing and said he refuses to resign despite numerous calls for him to do so coupled with plunging popularity.