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Crisis: police arrest close aide of Temer in World Cup scheme

Tadeu Filippelli, former deputy governor of the capital and cabinet adviser, was among three senior politicians detained in Brazil's latest corruption scandal

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Tadeu Filippelli, former deputy governor of the capital and cabinet adviser, was among three senior politicians detained in Brazil’s latest corruption scandal

A new thread in the web of corruption investigations around Brazil’s president, Michel Temer, was revealed on Tuesday when police arrested a close aide for an alleged kickback scheme involving the World Cup stadium in Brasilia.

Polícia do Brasil prende assessor do presidente no esquema da Copa do Mundo

Tadeu Filippelli, ex-vice-governador da capital e conselheiro do gabinete, estava entre os três principais políticos detidos no último escândalo de corrupção do Brasil

Um novo fio na web de investigações de corrupção em torno do presidente do Brasil, Michel Temer, foi revelado na terça-feira, quando a polícia prendeu um assessor próximo por um suposto esquema de retrocesso envolvendo o estádio da Copa do Mundo em Brasília.

Temer has denied the accusations and refused to step down. “I won’t resign. Oust me if you want,” he said in an interview with Brazil’s Folha de São Paulo newspaper on Monday.

At least nine impeachment motions have been submitted against him in Congress, including one by the Bar Association. The president’s approval ratings have fallen into single digits.

The Brazilian public has long complained of corruption and wasteful public spending. In 2013, millions took to the streets to vent their frustrations about dire governance, focusing largely on the squandering of money on World Cup stadiums that were overpriced and unlikely to be well used after the tournament.

Their worst fears have been confirmed by recent testimonies from Odebrecht construction executives, who revealed that renovation costs for at least five World Cup venues were artificially inflated to generate kickbacks to politicians.