Rousseff's verdict due after Rio Olympics

  • 30/06/2016
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (AAP)
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (AAP)

A verdict in the impeachment trial of Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff will not be reached until after the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in late August, O Globo newspaper is reporting.

Citing advisers to Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski, who will preside over the trial in the Senate, the newspaper said on Wednesday (local time) a final judgment was expected following August 26, five days after the games end.

The first Olympic Games to be held in South America are due to open on August 5 amid political turmoil, concern about an outbreak of the Zika virus and Brazil's deepest recession since the 1930s.

Brazilian media had speculated that Ms Rousseff's trial on charges of breaking budgetary rules could conclude in the middle of the games in what would be an embarrassment for the host nation.

Brazil's Senate voted on May 12 to put Ms Rousseff on trial and a committee, which has been hearing testimony from witnesses, is expected to present its findings to the plenary on August 9.

Mr Lewandowski is expected to convene a final hearing in the full Senate after August 25 but it is not clear how long it could take to reach a judgment, O Globo reported.

Newspaper surveys of senators suggest Ms Rousseff is likely to be found guilty and dismissed from office.

Interim President Michel Temer needs to confirm Ms Rousseff's ouster as quickly as possible to gain the legitimacy he needs to push through tough measures to salvage Brazil's tanking economy.