July 12, 2017 / 9:56 PM / a month ago

Senate approves Brazil's nominee for top prosecutor

FILE PHOTO: Raquel Dodge, contestant for the position, looks on during the last debate between candidates for the post of Attorney General in Brasilia, Brazil June 22, 2017.Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to approve President Michel Temer's pick to head the Prosecutor-General's Office after she vowed to make fighting organised crime a top priority.

Senators voted 74-1 to promote deputy prosecutor Raquel Dodge, clearing the way for her to replace current top prosecutor Rodrigo Janot in September. One lawmaker abstained.

Dodge had won approval from a Senate committee earlier on Wednesday.

Prior to the approval, Dodge said Brazil must step up the fight against organised crime, making sure that plea and leniency deals are used as instruments to help bring justice and not benefit leaders of criminal organizations.

She also called on prosecutors to stick to the law when negotiating plea bargain deals, noting that secrecy must be maintained and full immunity should not be given to leaders of criminal groups.

Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu; Writing by Guillermo Parra-Bernal and Alexandra Alper; Editing by Sandra Maler and Bill Trott

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