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    Joesley Batista (L) and Michel Temer (R) | Photo: Reuters

Published 19 May 2017

Joesley Batista, owner of Brazilian meat company JBS, claims he paid Temer roughly US$1 million in 2010 alone.

Joesley Batista, owner of Brazilian meat company JBS, confessed Friday that de-facto President Michel Temer had requested and received bribes from his company since 2010.

Brazil 'Already Knew' About Temer's Corrupt Dealings

Batista, the protagonist of a wiretapping scandal incriminating the unelected Brazilian leader, exposed the revelation to the Brazilian attorney general's office.

Batista claims he paid Temer roughly US$1 million in 2010 alone. Another US$921,000 was requested by the battered president in 2012 in order to support Gabriel Chalita's bid to become mayor of Sao Paulo.

Batista also claimed that during the impeachment process against ousted former President Dilma Rousseff, Temer requested a payment of more than US$85,000 dollars for political marketing expenditures online.

After the infamous recording of a conversation between Batista and Temer was made public Thursday, analysts across the political spectrum have deemed the president's position as compromised.

Brazilians Take to the Streets, Demand Temer Out, New Elections

Temer has repeated that he has no intention of resigning. Contrarily, he's considering a lawsuit against the owner of JBS in order to strengthen his defense, Globo News reported.

Notwithstanding bribes spanning several years, Batista also claimed that Temer agreed to make secret payments to Eduardo Cunha, former speaker of Brazil's lower house of representatives, in order to silent embarrassing political secrets that could damage the current government.

Cunha is currently imprisoned for 15 years on charges of money laundering and tax evasion.

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