Brazil’s president Michel Temer has been indicted for corruption, marking the first time since the return of democracy in the 1980s that a leader of Latin America’s largest country has faced criminal charges.
Prosecutor-general Rodrigo Janot filed the charges to the supreme court on Monday evening, citing a tape of a conversation between Mr Temer and a businessman in which the Brazilian leader allegedly discussed bribes.
“This is a first for a president of Brazil so it is uncharted waters,” said Joo Augusto de Castro Neves, analyst with Eurasia Group, of the charges.
欧亚集团（Eurasia Group）分析师若昂奥古斯托德卡斯特罗内维斯（Joo Augusto de Castro Neves）在谈到这些指控时表示：“这是头一次有巴西总统受到起诉，因此这是一片未知水域。”
The indictment is the climax of a three-year wave of investigations into corruption at the highest levels of Brazilian politics and business that started with a probe into graft at state-owned oil company Petrobras and has spread to other companies and sectors.
The anti-corruption purge by independent police, prosecutors and judges have led to the investigation of five sitting and former presidents as well as one-third of Mr Temer’s cabinet, one-third of the senate and a large number of lower house congressmen.
Mr Temer was secretly taped by a businessman, Joesley Batista, the former chairman of Brazil’s largest meatpacker JBS, discussing bribes during an unofficial meeting at the president’s residence in March.
Mr Batista followed up the conversation by tapi