Lava Jato coordinator criticizes "intimidation law" approved by Chamber of Deputies

Federal attorney Deltan Dallagnol, who coordinates the Operação Lava Jato task force investigating the Petrobras corruption scandal, criticized on 30 November 2016 the Chamber of Deputies' decision to include a provision for judges and members of the Public Ministry to face crimes of responsibility in their new packet of anti-corruption laws (Valor, Estadão). The approved amendment holds that judges and Public Ministry members may answer for abuse of authority if they begin proceedings without any indication of a crime having been committed. Dallagnol called the amendment a "law of intimidation." Judges may already answer for crimes in at least eight situations, among them expressing an opinion about a pending judgment, with penalties ranging from six months to two years in prison and fines.