June 27, 2017 / 7:18 PM / a month ago

Brazil's Temer makes impassioned defence against corruption charge

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Brazilian President Michel Temer speaks during a press statement at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil June 27, 2017.Ueslei Marcelino

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Michel Temer on Tuesday made a passionate defence against a corruption charge levelled at him by the public prosecutor, calling it a "fiction" that was an attack on his government and the entire nation.

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Temer, who was formally accused on Monday of accepting millions of dollars in bribes, said the charge against him will have a negative impact on Brazil's economic recovery, possibly paralysing efforts at reform.

The conservative leader said that executives of the world's biggest meatpacker, JBS SA, who accused him in plea-bargain testimony, did so only to escape jail for their own crimes.

Reporting by Brad Brooks; Editing by Daniel Flynn

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