SAO PAULO – Brazilian prosecutors are threatening to quit their investigation into a corruption-kickback scheme at state oil company Petrobras if legislation that would allow judges and prosecutors to be charged with abuse of authority is signed by President Michel Temer.
Early Wednesday morning, the lower house Chamber of Deputies approved a measure that would permit defendants to sue authorities for alleged offenses against the "honor and dignity" of their offices.
Prosecutors of the so-called "Operation Car Wash" investigation said at a news conference that the bill is an intimidation bid by lawmakers, many of whom are under investigation.
Prosecutor Carlos dos Santos says, "We will resign collectively if this bill is approved by the president."
On Tuesday, police clashed with demonstrators protesting pending legislation related to corruption and the financial crisis.