A day after Brazil's Supreme Court ordered corruption probes into 98 politicians President Michel Temer has found himself personally entangled in bribe charges. A former executive of engineering firm Odebrecht has accused the country leader of demanding bribes to be paid to his political party.
Marcio Faria da Silva, a former vice president of the industrial arm of Odebrecht testified to attending a meeting with Temer in 2010 where the leader of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party asked for an illegal payment of $40m (£31.9m) to his political party.
However, Temer responded to the claims in a social media video and denied that any corrupt practices took place. "I am not afraid of the facts. What disgusts me are lies,'' he said. "The lie is that in this meeting I heard a reference to financial resources or shady business by the company with politicians. This never happened. Not in that meeting and not in any meeting in my public life.''
Temer allegedly called for a meeting with Faria at his Sao Paulo legal office, along with former lower house speaker Eduardo Cunha and Congressman Henrique Eduardo Alves. During the meeting, the executive was told that the industrial company would be required to pay a 5% levy on a contract it was competing for with state oil company Petroleo Brasileiro to maintain its assets in South America.
When questioned about the legality of the request, Faria said that it was "totally an illegal gain because it was a percentage on top of the contract".
The president's office confirmed that while a meeting did take place, it was a "quick and superficial" one in which Alves did not participate.
Faria's testimony is part of the Operation Car Wash, an ongoing investigation into one of Brazil's biggest corruption scandals that involves political kickbacks for contracts at state-run companies.
The Supreme Court has called for a new set of investigations into top politicians, including eight of Temer's Cabinet ministers.