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Rouseff impeachment trial recommended in Senate

Published:Friday | May 6, 2016 | 5:00 AM

A senator selected as a fact-finder by a special Senate commission considering the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff recommended Wednesday that she be put on trial for possible removal from office.

The Senate's website said Senator Antonio Anastasia made the recommendation for a Senate trial in a 126-page report he presented to the 21-member commission.

Rousseff is facing impeachment over allegations her administration violated fiscal laws by shifting around government funds to plug holes in the budget. Her critics say it was done to prop up flagging support before elections. Brazil's first female president insists the procedure amounts to an attempted coup against her.

The full Senate is scheduled to decide whether to try Rousseff in a vote next Wednesday. If a majority of senators, or 41 out of 81, vote for impeachment, Rousseff will be suspended from office for up to 180 days as a full impeachment trial goes ahead. Vice-President Michel Temer would become the interim president.

Meanwhile, Brazil's attorney general has asked the country's highest court to authorise an investigation into Rousseff over obstruction of justice allegations, according to major Brazilian news organisations.

The country's top newspapers and the Globo television network said late Tuesday that Rousseff was among 30 people targeted by Attorney General Rodrigo Janot's requests. Others include former President Luiz In·cio Lula da Silva and Solicitor General JosÈ Eduardo Cardozo as well as opposition politician AÈcio Neves, who lost to Rousseff in the 2014 presidential race, and House Speaker Eduardo Cunha.

The attorney general's office, which needs the Supreme Court's permission to investigate legislators and high-level government officials, declined to comment on the reports.

- AP