Brazil’s Senate Votes to Make Investigating Politicians Harder

Bill that extinguishes special legal protection of politicians was unanimous while bill to limit prosecutors' powers to investigate seen as controversial.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The senate in Brazil approved on Wednesday (April 27th) a bill to curb what it dubs as ‘abuse of power’ by federal prosecutors looking into corruption allegations. On the same day, however, the Upper House also voted to extinguish the special legal protection held by politicians charged with corruption.

The bill to 'curb abuse of power' was criticized by prosecutors who say it would limit their actions in the Lava Jato (Carwash) investigations. Some opposition senators also criticized the bill.

“Of course this country needs to end the abuse of . . .

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