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Appeals judge orders release of Brazilian ex-president Temer from jail

Appeals judge orders release of Brazilian ex-president Temer from jail
FILE PHOTO: Brazil's former President Michel Temer is seen at the Federal Police headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes   -   Copyright  Ricardo Moraes(Reuters)
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BRASILIA (Reuters) – A Brazilian appeals court judge on Monday ordered the release of former President Michel Temer from jail, according to court documents, following his arrest on Thursday in connection with a corruption investigation.

Federal prosecutors have accused Temer, who was president from 2016 to 2018, of leading a “criminal organization” that had received or arranged for 1.8 billion reais (£358.2 million) in bribes through various kickback schemes. He has denied any wrongdoing.

(Reporting by Ricardo Brito; Additional reporting by Eduardo Simões in Sao Paulo, Rodrigo Viga Gaier in Rio de Janeiro; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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