Brazil's bar association calls for impeachment of President Michel Temer after graft charges

Brasilia: Brazil's bar association has called President Michel Temer's impeachment, after a tape surfaced in which he agreed to bribe former Speaker Eduardo Cunha into silence.

In a statement, the Order of Attorneys of Brazil (OAB) said that its federal council decided on Sunday to call for Temer's impeachment and urged the Chamber of Deputies to begin the process, Xinhua news agency reported.

The OAB's federal council has representatives from Brazil's 27 states, among which 25 voted for impeachment, one against and one abstained.

 Brazils bar association calls for impeachment of President Michel Temer after graft charges

File image of Brazil's president Michel Temer (center) among national senators. AP

The legal body also said that it had formed a commission to analyse the documents released last week by the Supreme Court, after the tape was turned over by business mogul Joesley Batista, owner of the JBS meatpacking giant.

The Supreme Court has also opened an investigation against Temer for alleged obstruction of justice.

The OAB's rapporteur, Flavio Pansieri, said that Temer had forsaken his duty to report crimes that he had heard during his meeting with Batista in March.

In 1992, the OAB called for the impeachment of then-president Fernando Collor de Mello, who resigned before being impeached on corruption charges.

In 2016, the legal body also called for the impeachment of former president Dilma Rousseff.

By Sunday, the Chamber of Deputies had received at least nine requests for Temer's impeachment.

However, Temer has refused to resign, claiming that Batista's tape had been doctored and that he has done nothing wrong.

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Updated Date: May 22, 2017 09:39:55 IST