A justice on Brazil's supreme court has suspended the leader of the country's lower house of Congress.

The move at least temporarily removes Eduardo Cunha. He's been leading the effort to impeach President Dilma Rousseff but himself faces a long list of corruption allegations.

Justice Teori Zavascki's made the decision Thursday ahead of a full session of the court, which could decide to confirm, overturn or simply not take up Zavascki's decision.

Cunha is accused by Brazil's chief-prosecutor of obstructing justice.

Chief prosecutor Rodrigo Janot has called Cunha "a criminal" who used his position to obstruct a probe into corruption at the state oil company Petrobras.

The move to impeach Rousseff has moved to the Senate, so Cunha's suspension has no direct effect on it now.