An investigation began on Tuesday, led by Brazilian prosecutors who allege that the head of Brazil’s Olympic committee worked with a wealthy Brazilian businessman to purchase the votes of the Olympic committee during the bid for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Raids have begun targeting those who are suspected to have had a part to play in the possible corruption scandal.
On Thursday, President Michael Temer of Brazil said in a five minute speech broadcast nationwide regarding a Supreme Court decision authorizing an investigation into allegations he condoned bribery of a potential witness in a major corruption probe, that he had done nothing wrong and would not resign from the presidency. He claimed his presidency was helping turn around Brazil’s economy and he welcomed an investigation so he could prove his innocence. “I did not buy the silence of anyone,” Temer said, referring to the allegations made against him. “I will not resign.”
Brazil’s former President Lula da Silva has been convicted of corruption and money laundering and sentenced to over 9 years in prison. Judge Sergio Moro said after the sentencing, “No matter how important you are, no one is above the law.” This is only the first conviction Lula is facing, he has 4 other corruption charges to face in due time.
Three New York taxi companies, Northern Taxi, Town Taxi and C & L Taxi, are being charged for taking advantage of immigrants fleeing the US to go to Canada. The taxi drivers had been scamming scared immigrants trying to flee the company by price gouging and not publicizing fares. The three companies have yet to make a comment on the charges.
Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was questioned in court yesterday and gave a 5-hour deposition. He denied any type of corruption on his side stating that this was a political witch hunt feigning his innocence. Over the course of the 3-year investigation, over 90 businessmen and politicians had been convicted regarding this corruption case. At the beginning of the court appearance, Lula was assured he would not be “preventively” imprisoned, but buzz on social media has made many suspect that that will be his fate.