Brazil's ruling ends some politicians' protection from prosecution

Brazil's ruling ends some politicians' protection from prosecution

Chamber Articles Category: Political News Post Date: 05/04/18 Source: Reuters By: Brad Brooks, Ricardo Brito
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SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s Supreme Court on Thursday ruled to restrict federal lawmakers’ protection from prosecution, a move hailed by some experts as a blow to impunity for the powerful, but a decision that may open new avenues for politicians to stall cases.

Before the ruling, Brazil’s 594 members of Congress, roughly half of whom face some type of charge, could only be tried by the Supreme Court, whether or not their alleged crime took place before they were in the legislature. Read Full Article