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Brazil's highest court limits privileges and “impunity” of federal lawmakers

Friday, May 4th 2018 - 08:25 UTC
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Brazil's highest court voted on Thursday to restrict a legal protection afforded to federal lawmakers that critics say has resulted in impunity, as the country grapples with massive official corruption. The protection known as “privileged standing” allows tens of thousands of politicians to have cases against them tried in higher courts than a normal citizen would. Read full article


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  • :o))

    Is the title misleading?

    Do they limit the “impunity” too?

    Is it restricted only to the law-makers?

    So will they end like this?:

    May 04th, 2018 - 10:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • bushpilot

    This idea of lawmakers being above the law has nothing to do with Democracy.

    They “restricted” impunity!?? By only 7 out of 11 judges!?? They should have “removed” it, completely! It never should have been in the first place.

    In a Democracy, ideally, no one is above the law. If there are people above the law, it is not a Democracy.

    And who, in this case is above the law, of all people, government people. How bad is that!

    We observe that other western democracies engage in the practice of condemning anti-democratic behavior in other countries. The condemnation currently against Venezuela is widespread.

    But do western democracies ever so uniformly and loudly condemn lawmakers passing immunity legislation for themselves?

    It is just as deadly to a democracy as a rigged election is.

    But it is the people that are responsible for that stain. Democracy is by, for, and of, the people.

    May 05th, 2018 - 02:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))


    REF: “They should have “removed” it, completely! It should never have been in the first place”:

    Do you REALLY expect something like that happening in a country;
    - run by the racketeers?
    - where the laws are made BY the racketeers
    - where the laws are made FOR the racketeers
    - where are the laws are wrongly interpreted [to their own advantage] by the racketeers
    - where the laws are intentionally made full of loopholes

    It's just a question of time when ALL the crooks will be released as “Not Guilty” and the corrupt can NEVER be put behind bars! All the crooks must already be celebrating their freedom & Victory during this weekend!

    May 05th, 2018 - 08:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    Lula livre. Justice for Marielle Franco.

    May 07th, 2018 - 05:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • :o))

    REF: Legal Protection/Privileges:

    The existence of the lobbies and being a lobbyist is NOTHING new [not only in Brazil]. It'll not at all be shocking, to know that “Being an Orange” [laranjas] may be declared as an “Official-Profession”!

    May 07th, 2018 - 10:21 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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