RIO DE JANEIRO, May 10 (GCCurrentAffairs) Brazil’s former President Michel Temer surrendered to the police on Thursday, after a habeas corpus which had kept him free in a corruption case was revoked a day earlier.
The former president was arrested in late March on corruption charges, and spent five days in jail before being granted habeas corpus to leave prison.
However, as the habeas corpus was revoked on Wednesday evening, the former president was given one day to either surrender or be arrested.
Temer is accused of commanding a large scheme of corruption which reportedly lasted for several years. Investigations revealed that the scheme involved the construction of nuclear power plant Angra 3 in Rio de Janeiro state.
The former president was charged with crimes of corruption, embezzlement, money laundering and criminal associations.
Unlike in March, when Temer was arrested at home, this time he surrendered voluntarily to the federal police in Sao Paulo.
It is not known yet where he will be kept. Last time, Temer was transferred from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, as the case was being investigated there.
The prosecution requested Temer’s arrest because investigations indicated that he and his allies carried out counterintelligence operations, monitoring the investigation’s advances in order to try to avoid arrest.
The prosecution also mentioned the possibility of destruction of evidence if Temer remained free.