The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, early Wednesday morning, approved a sweeping anti-corruption bill, but with amendments that drew harsh criticism from prosecutors. The bill passed the Chamber by a lopsided vote of 450-1. It will now go to the Senate. It provides for heavy fines and prison sentences for officials convicted of corruption. It outlaws undeclared campaign contributions and it boosts financial disclosure requirements for officials. The bill also includes a controversial amendment that increases the civil and criminal liability of prosecutors and judges found to have “abused their authority.” The latter provision drew an angry rebuke from prosecutors currently working on a sweeping anti-corruption investigation. They called the provision “a law to intimidate the courts. The original bill was suggested by a group of federal prosecutors and was accompanied by a petition signed by more than two million Brazilians.
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