By Agence France-Presse
Brazil’s President Michel Temer lashed out Tuesday against what he described as an out of control judiciary’s use of unsubstantiated corruption allegations to destroy reputations.
The center-right leader issued the unusually strongly worded statement in the wake of new reports that he gained millions of dollars in benefits from a corruption scheme.
The statement also came ahead of the expected filing of fresh criminal charges against Temer this week.
“We have reached the point where they try to convict people without even hearing them — without ending the investigation, without uncovering the truth, without verifying the existence of real proof,” Temer’s office said.
“Individual rights are being violated every day without the slightest reaction.”
It also lambasted prosecutors’ frequent use of wire taps and plea deal testimony from businessmen and politicians admitting to corruption.
“Reputations are shattered in conversations founded on clandestine actions,” the statement said.
“Bandits concoct versions based on hearsay in exchange for impunity or to obtain a pardon, even partial, for their innumerable crimes.”
Temer’s attack on prosecutors and their methods followed leaks in the Brazilian media late Monday of a federal police probe reportedly finding that he and other leaders of his PMDB party formed a criminal “gang.”