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Brazilian president denounces corruption charges as fiction

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Michel Temer
Brazil   Footage recorded by a JBS executive

Brazil's President Michel Temer denounced corruption charges against him as a "legal fiction" and refused to step down.

In a speech broadcast on national television, Temer also accused Attorney General Rodrigo Janot of being politically motivated and of reinventing the criminal code in order to attack him.

"From a legal point of view, my concerns are minimal," Temer said. "This infamy is political in nature. I never saw the money and I did not participate in any arrangements with the aim of committing illegal acts."

Janot on Monday charged Temer with accepting bribes from JBS, the world's largest meat-packing company, in return for his intercession in its favour at the country's competition regulator, the Administrative Council for Economic Defence.

As evidence, he presented footage recorded by a JBS executive, which showed Rodrigo Rocha Loures, a former advisor to Temer, leaving a pizzeria with a suitcase containing BRL500,000, about $150,000.

The money was allegedly the first payment in a series meant for Temer.

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