The transcript shows Senate president Renan Calheiros suggesting to change laws so that nobody can make a plea bargain after being arrested
Brazil's acting President Michel Temer, left, talks with President of the National Congress Sen. Renan Calheiros, during meeting to deliver to Congress the revision project of the government's fiscal target, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, May 23, 2016. Brazil's interim government is under fire after a recording emerged of the planning minister discussing a purported pact to push for President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment to stall a massive corruption probe. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres), photo: AP/Eraldo Peres
25 of May 2016 09:43:35
RIO DE JANEIRO — A secretly recorded conversation shows the head of Brazil's Senate proposing to weaken one of the key tools prosecutors have used to trap politicians and businessmen in a sweeping corruption scandal.The transcript published Wednesday by the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper adds to widespread suspicions that top politicians are trying to stifle investigations against them.The transcript shows Senate president Renan Calheiros suggesting to change laws so that nobody can make a plea bargain after being arrested.Prosecutors have used such offers of lighter sentences to convince suspects to implicate high-ranking politicians and businessmen in billions of dollars of alleged bribes centered on the government's Petrobras oil company.Calheiros' office issued a statement acknowledging the conversation but insisting he wasn't trying to tamper with the Petrobras probe.