Brazil court ruling casts doubts on corruption probe future

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Supreme Court has ruled that some corruption cases tried as part of the sprawling Car Wash probe will now be handled by the electoral justice system.

In a 6-5 ruling, the court decided Thursday night that cases linked to certain crimes will be tried by Brazil's Electoral Court. The move could potentially weaken a crackdown on graft.

Justice Luis Roberto Barroso disagreed with the majority, but said the country will find ways to revamp its justice system and put Car Wash cases on trial.

In recent years, the corruption probe uncovered schemes in which companies received bloated contracts and then kicked back billions in bribes to officials.

Prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol tweeted that "the fight against political corruption that began five years ago is coming to a close."