Court gives politi­cians a win

Waikato Times - - World -

BRAZIL: Brazil’s Supreme Court yes­ter­day de­cided to grant Con­gress the fi­nal word on de­ci­sions to re­move a sit­ting politi­cian, con­ced­ing a vic­tory to law­mak­ers fight­ing to shield them­selves from pros­e­cu­tion for cor­rup­tion.

The nar­row 6-5 de­ci­sion will al­low the Se­nate to vote next week to re­voke a top court rul­ing that sus­pended Se­na­tor Ae­cio Neves, who is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated in seven cor­rup­tion cases.

A ma­jor­ity of the jus­tices de­cided to back off from con­fronta­tion with Con­gress in the midst of Brazil’s big­gest po­lit­i­cal cor­rup­tion scan­dal, which has even im­pli­cated Pres­i­dent Michel Te­mer and his in­ner cir­cle of cab­i­net min­is­ters. The lower house of Con­gress is ex­pected to vote later this month to shelve charges against Te­mer in a cor­rup­tion case in­volv­ing meat­packer JBS SA, sav­ing him from trial by the Supreme Court.

More than 110 politi­cians are tar­geted by the sprawl­ing Car Wash graft in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which has un­cov­ered a mas­sive net­work of bribes and kick­backs.

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