Attorney General Rodrigo Janot leaves the head of the Public Prosecutor’s Office and will be replaced by his colleague Raquel Dodge. He ends his term in just 5 days. But the last days as chief promises many upsets for Brazilian politicians.
On Friday he has charged six lawmakers from President Michel Temer’s Brazilian Democracy Movement Party (PMDB) with forming a criminal organization, the latest in a barrage of charges in the country’s sprawling corruption scandal.
Observers indicate that Janot must file a second complaint against President Temer in the coming days. Temer defeated a first corruption charge from Janot, when the lower house of Congress voted not to allow it to proceed to trial.
In the charges against the senators, Janot alleges the group unduly received 864 million reais (about $279.84 million) and generated related losses of 5.5 billion reais for state-controlled oil firm Petrobras and 113 million reais for its subsidiary Transpetro.
Those accused include former president Jose Sarney, the government’s leader in the Senate Romero Juca, Edison Lobao, Jader Barbalho, Renan Calheiros e Valdir Raupp, in addition to the ex-senator Sergio Machado.
Janot asks the Supreme Court that the accused be removed from their political positions and placed in custody. All accused vehemently denied any charges. Senator Romero Juca claims that Janot tries draw attention away from your poor performance as Attorney General.