Brazil Lower House Leader Denies Allegations of BTG Bribe

  • Bank allegedly paid Cunha to present amendments to bill
  • ''This whole situation seems a conspiracy,'' Cunha says

Brazil lower house President Eduardo Cunha on Monday denied allegations that he received bribes from investment bank BTG Pactual and said he is the victim of a conspiracy.

Newspaper Folha de S.Paulo said on Sunday that prosecutors found notes in apprehended documents that said BTG paid Cunha to present legislative amendments favoring the bank. Cunha denied the allegations, and BTG denied in an e-mailed statement that it made any payment related to the bill or proposed changes therein.

“The amendment I presented was against the bank’s interest,” Cunha told reporters in Brasilia. “This whole situation seems a conspiracy.”

Cunha said that the allegations may have surfaced because he is evaluating requests to open an impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff. The house leader has said he will decide shortly on the requests.

“The fact that I said I could decide today may have motivated this allegation,” said Cunha. “I’m probably not going to decide on this matter today because of that.”

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