Brazil court suspends house speaker

2016-05-05 15:59
The president of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha heads to the Senate to launch the impeachment trial of President Dilma Rousseff in the National Congress in Brasilia. (Andressa Anholete, AFP)

The president of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha heads to the Senate to launch the impeachment trial of President Dilma Rousseff in the National Congress in Brasilia. (Andressa Anholete, AFP)

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Braslia - A Brazilian Supreme Court justice suspended Lower House speaker Eduardo Cunha on Thursday amid allegations against him in the corruption scandal surrounding oil giant Petrobras, a judicial source said.

Cunha, a key opponent of President Dilma Rousseff and architect of impeachment proceedings against her, "used his office for his own illicit gain to avoid the success of the investigation against him," prosecutors alleged in asking the top court to take action.

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