Lower house approves anti-corruption package likely to meet rejection in Senate

18-05-2010

The Chamber of Deputies has approved a government-backed raft of measures aimed at combating corruption. Among other changes the legislation would introduce the possibility of defendants becoming crown witnesses. The right-of-centre Civic Democrats said the package gave too much power to the police and refused to take part in Tuesday’s debate. The party controls the Senate which is likely to send back the legislation. The same fate could also meet a bill passed forcing political lobbyists to register with the Interior Ministry.