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The Wall Street Journal: Corruption charges filed against Brazil’s president

BRASÍLIA — Brazil’s top prosecutor filed criminal charges against President Michel Temer on Monday, marking a critical new phase for the corruption purge that has roiled Latin America’s largest country for the past three years.

Attorney General Rodrigo Janot brought charges of corruption against Temer, based on evidence from a plea bargain by officials at JBS SA JBSS3, -1.28% , the world’s biggest meatpacker. According to former JBS Chairman Joesley Batista, Temer led a group of politicians that acted as a criminal syndicate, charging bribes in exchange for financing from state banks and favorable regulatory actions.

A representative for Temer declined to comment.

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