SAO PAULO Dec 9 A former director of Brazilian
engineering firm Odebrecht SA told prosecutors that
the company made several illegal contributions to politicians
from the ruling PMDB party including President Michel Temer,
according to a report aired Friday night by Globo TV.
If prosecutors prove the accusations, Temer could face an
impeachment trial that could destabilize his six-month-old
government, which already lost several ministers after similar
accusations from other construction firms embroiled in
wide-ranging corruption probe.
Claudio Melo Filho, a former institutional relations
director at Odebrecht, said according to the report, that he
took part in a dinner at Temer's official residency in Brasília
in 2014 where company executives agreed to transfer 10 million
reais ($2.95 million) to finance PMDB campaigns that year.
The director said he and other Odebrecht officials received
indications from PMDB politicians who took part in their
meetings that the company would be favored in votes in Congress
that affected the engineering group.
Reuters was not able to verify the report.
Temer's press office released a statement denying the
"The donations made by Odebrecht to PMDB were all through
bank transfers and were declared to the electoral court," the
Besides Temer, the director said several key ministers in
the government also received donations.
Melo Filho is just one of more than 70 executives from
Odebrecht, including the former Chief Executive Officer Marcelo
Odebrecht, who agreed to a plea deal with the Justice last week.
(Reporting by Marcelo Teixeira; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)