Brazil: Brazil prosecutors blast lawmakers for gutting corruption bill

Author(s): Anthony Boadle | Date: November 30, 2016 | Language: English
Source: http://www.reuters.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/2HAozf | Type: Text

Prosecutors investigating Brazil’s biggest-ever graft scandal threatened to resign en masse on Wednesday if a move to gut an anti-corruption bill won approval from legislators as the nation mourns an air disaster.
The lower chamber of Congress passed the bill in the early hours of Wednesday morning by 450 votes to 1, with changes that would help shield lawmakers from prosecution and weaken the authority of public prosecutors.
The vote came as Brazil grieves for soccer club Chapecoense following an air crash on Monday night in which 71 people died, including all but three of the team’s players and several journalists.
“In the dead of night, they took advantage of a moment of national mourning and shock to subvert the proposals,” said Deltan Dallagnol, leader of the team of investigators probing a massive political kick-back scheme centered on state-run oil company Petrobras.

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