Peru's attorney general resigns over corruption probe

Peru's attorney general resigns over corruption probe
A protester dressed as a judge shows a miniature copy of Peru's constitution and fake money, next to a woman holding a sign that reads in Spanish "Chavarry Get Out," referring to Peru's attorney general Pedro Chavarry, at San Martin Plaza in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Chavarry on Wednesday reversed his dismissal of the lead investigators in a sweeping corruption probe into top officials, retreating in the face of a growing public outcry and a bid by the president that could remove him from office. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s attorney general has resigned following accusations that he hindered a corruption probe involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Pedro Chavarry sent a letter to Peru’s chief prosecutors Tuesday saying he was stepping down in order to preserve the autonomy of the Attorney General’s Office and stop the country’s president from intervening in other, independent branches of government.

On New Year’s eve, Chavarry dismissed two senior prosecutors who led a probe into whether several former presidents accepted money from Odebrecht. That sparked street protests in which demonstrators accused Chavarry of protecting corrupt officials and led President Martin Vizcarra to launch an attempt to remove Chavarry.

Odebrecht has admitted in U.S. court filings that it paid million in bribes to officials across Latin America, including million in Peru.