SAO PAULO Dec 14 Odebrecht SA's former chief
executive Marcelo Bahia Odebrecht has told prosecutors that
Brazilian President Michel Temer asked for a 10 million-real ($3
million) political contribution from the company, Folha de S.
Paulo reported on Wednesday.
The newspaper report did not say whether the alleged
donation, which it said was requested by Temer and his Chief of
Staff Eliseu Padilha in May 2014, was registered with electoral
Six months after he took over from impeached leftist Dilma
Rousseff, Temer's political survival is threatened by
allegations that he, members of his Cabinet and his party's
leaders received payments from engineering conglomerate
Odebrecht, the company prosecutors say benefited the most
from the Petrobras scam, agreed to a leniency deal with federal
prosecutors that requires 77 of its executives and employees to
turn state's witness and likely implicate over 200 politicians.
Odebrecht testified on Tuesday to prosecutors, Folha said,
following testimony from a former Odebrecht SA executive leaked
earlier in the week by Brazilian media.
This also alleged that Temer had sought the donation,
sparking turmoil in domestic financial markets.
Attempts by Reuters to contact Bahia Odebrecht's lawyers
were unsuccessful, while Temer's office in Brasilia had no
immediate comment on the Folha report and Padilha's office
declined to comment on it.
($1 = 3.3345 reais)
(Reporting by Guillermo Parra-Bernal; Editing by Alexander