Brazil: Lula’s son’s defense requests annulment and removal of Lava Jato Curitiba case

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Lula’s son’s defense requests annulment and removal of Lava Jato Curitiba case

Lawyers for Fábio Luís Lula da Silva, son of former president Lula, asked on Friday (13) that the investigation of the 69th phase of the Lava Jato be withdrawn from Curitiba. According to the defense, the case has already been subject to criminal investigation in São Paulo and was filed by the MPF in the state for lack of evidence.

Lula and Fábio Luís Lula da Silva
Lula and Fábio Luís Lula da Silva (Photo: Reproduction)
 

247 – The defense of Fábio Luís Lula da Silva, son of former President Lula, asked this Friday (13) to the Federal Regional Court of the 4th Region to withdraw the investigation of the 69th phase of the Lava Jato of Curitiba’s federal court and annul the court decision that decreed it, informs Folha de S.Paulo .

In their request to Judge João Pedro Gebran Neto, the lawyers argue that “the case has already been subjected to criminal investigation in São Paulo by order of the Superior Court of Justice. The inquiry was then filed by the Federal Public Prosecution Service in the state for lack of evidence. They claim that any further investigation on the subject can only be done in the same place, “the report says.

They also state that “there is nothing in the 69th phase of Operation Lava Jato that points to any trace of fraud or embezzlement at Petrobras.”

“The jurisdiction of the 13th Federal Court of Curitiba is restricted to illicit cases involving Petrobras, while the 69th Lava Jato Phase clearly investigates alleged illicit acts involving the telecommunications sector, with no relation to oil and gas,” he says. the defense.

Brazil: Lava Jato has no evidence of corruption against Lulinha, admits prosecutor

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Lava Jato has no evidence of corruption against Lulinha, admits prosecutor

“We have to wait for the results of the search, this research can mature in this respect,” says Roberson Pozzobon to Globo, who published an analysis text about the operation against Lula’s son in which he says, “So far, there is no document that prove the thesis “

 

247 – As in the investigations and accusations made against former President Lula, the Lava Jato task force also has no evidence against the petista’s son, Fabio Luis Lula da Silva, known as Lulinha, who is the target of a phase of the operation. triggered this Tuesday 10.

“We have to wait for the results of the search, this investigation to mature in this respect,” said Prosecutor Roberson Pozzobon, who was known to say during the presentation of Deltan Dallagnol’s Power Point on the triplex charge that the task force he had no evidence yet, but convictions that Lula was running a major corruption scheme.

“The PF and MPF maintain that payments may be related to the executive action of President Lula that allowed the merger of Oi with Brasil Telecom. So far, there is no document to prove the thesis,” says Globo, in an analytical test. about Wednesday’s operation, signed by Thiago Herdy. “Obtaining this evidence is currently the biggest challenge of research,” he adds.

The highlight for the lack of evidence was noted by GGN newspaper, journalist Luis Nassif , who explains the case:

Since Monday (10), prosecutors in Curitiba have sold in the mainstream media – which even after the Intercept Brazil dossier, follows without any critical sense regarding the Lava Jato – the narrative that Oi’s business with Gamecorp group, from Squid and partners, need to be investigated.

The task force claims that it is possible that some money paid by Oi to the company linked to Lula, Suassuna and Bittar, was used to buy the Atibaia site.

The hypothesis is all that Lava Jato has at the moment. It was out of the realm of imagination that they launched a blatant police operation with more than 40 search and seizure warrants, hoping to find something to prove them right.

Shootout involving hijacked UPS truck in Florida leads to four deaths

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Chase and shootout involving hijacked UPS truck in Florida leads to four deaths

“This is what dangerous people do to get away, and this is what people will do to avoid capture,” the police chief says.
By Alex Johnson

Four people were dead after a UPS truck was commandeered following an attempted armed robbery on South Florida’s glitzy Miracle Mile, leading police on a two-county rush-hour chase that ended in a hail of gunfire, authorities said.

Two people suspected to have been the robbers, the UPS driver and an uninvolved nearby motorist were killed 20 miles away after the nationally televised freeway pursuit, said George Piro, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Miami field office. Two other people were also killed, he said.

The incident began in Miami-Dade County at about 4:15 p.m., when two people tried to rob a jewelry store on the Miracle Mile, the downtown stretch of Coral Gables that is home to many glamorous stores and restaurants, Piro said.

The suspects exchanged gunfire with a jewelry shop worker, who was being treated for undisclosed injuries, Coral Gables Police Chief Ed Hudak Jr. said. At least one bullet hit a window at City Hall, where no injuries were reported, he said.

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The robbers then hijacked a nearby UPS truck, abducting its driver, Hudak said. Alerted by a silent alarm that had been triggered in the jewelry store, a fleet of law enforcement vehicles gave chase in a pursuit that was broadcast across the country.

The chase was “terminated” 20 miles away in Miramar in Broward County, Hudak said.

News helicopter video appeared to show a person falling out of the truck after several shots were fired.

UPS said it was “deeply saddened to learn a UPS service provider was a victim of this senseless act of violence.”

Hudak said: “This is what dangerous people do to get away, and this is what people will do to avoid capture.”

“In matters like this, it is just difficult for all of us, not just in law enforcement but also in society,” he said.

The FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined state and local police in investigating.

Brazil: MP opens investigation against Lava Jato prosecutor accused of receiving bribes

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MP opens investigation against Lava Jato prosecutor accused of receiving bribes

The Federal Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation to investigate fees paid to attorney Januário Paludo, a member of the Operation Lava Jato task force. A former member of the Lava Jato, Pauldo is appointed adviser to prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol, the task force’s coordinator, and close to former judge Sergio Moro, now justice minister of Jair Bolsonaro’s far-right government.

Carlos Fernando Lima, Deltan Dallagnol and Januário Paludo
Carlos Fernando Lima, Deltan Dallagnol and Januário Paludo (Photo: Press Release)
 

247 – Investigation into the payment of fees to the Prosecutor of Operation Lava Jato, Januário Paludo, is already underway. 

The investigation began with an October Federal Police report on messages exchanged between moneymaker Dario Messer and his girlfriend. 

The messages mention that a bribe was paid to prosecutor Paludo to protect the money changer. The PF report was sent to the PGR (Attorney General’s Office) for action. Members of the agency rated the case as very serious.   

The Federal Public Prosecution Service established an inquiry to investigate the same suspicions from an ethical and disciplinary point of view.   

Dario Messer, known as “the money changer”, is one of those who should be heard in the criminal investigation in the STJ. Other names that accuse Lava Jato of practicing deviations may also be called to testify, such as attorney Rodrigo Tacla Duran, according to the report by journalist Reynaldo Turollo Jr. of Folha de S.Paulo.  

In conversations obtained by the PF, money changer Messer tells his girlfriend that one of the prosecution witnesses against him would have a meeting with Paludo, and adds: ”  

For the PF, according to the UOL report, the “boys” mentioned by Messer are Claudio Fernando Barbosa de Souza, Tony, and Vinicius Claret Vieira Barreto, the Juca, suspected of acting with the money launderer in operations. money investigated by Lava Jato do Rio.  

Paludo has been in Operation Lava Jato in Curitiba since its inception in 2014. He is appointed adviser to Prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol, task force coordinator, and close to former Judge Sergio Moro, now the justice minister of the extreme government. right of Jair Bolsonaro.

College shooting kills one, injures four in the Far East of Russia

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College shooting kills one, injures four in the Far East of Russia

By The Siberian Times reporter
14 November 2019

19 year old student opens fire at group mates before turning the gun on himself.

One of the victims injured during the college attack. Picture: Amurskaya Pravda

Two injured students are reported to be in grave condition after morning attack at the Amur College of Construction, Housing Maintenance and Utilities in the center of Blagoveshchensk.

The young man identified by Russian police as Daniil Zasorin opened fire from Izh-81 pump-action shotgun at fellow students, and later at police officers who tried to stop him.

Student Alexey Golubichniy, 19, was initially reported to be killed in the attack, but later local media and Russian Ministry of Health corrected the reports saying he was alive.

Golubichniy’s friend named Kirill said: ‘He wasn’t killed, he was gravely wounded and went through a surgery. When the attacker ran inside the room, Alexey refused to run away and said that the wasn’t scared.’

 


College shooting kills one, injures four in the Far East of Russia


Zasorin refused to stop and opened fire at traffic policeman, who fired back and wounded the gunman. The attacker who by then was inside the classroom turned the gun at himself. Pictures: Amurskaya Pravda


Three other male students confirmed as wounded were identified as Kasiyan Kamanets, 19, Igor Stasyuk, 17 and Vladislav Rozhkov, 20.

They were rushed to hospital with neck and back injuries.

Zasorin was reported to carry a gun in a bag past the college security man, and assembled it in a bathroom before walking upstairs to his class room.

He pushed a young female teacher out of the class, shut the door and opened fire.

As other students fled the building in panic, one of them managed to report the attack to a nearby traffic police patrol.

Zasorin refused to stop and opened fire at traffic policeman, who shot back and wounded the gunman.

The attacker who by then was inside the classroom turned the gun at himself.

College shooting kills one, injures four in the Far East of Russia
College shooting kills one, injures four in the Far East of Russia. Picture: Amurskaya Pravda


The tragedy was reportedly caused by Zasorin’s conflict with group mates.

He was described as ‘quiet and peaceful’ by fellow students.

‘The attacker was acting along, he is dead. My deepest condolences to relatives of everyone wounded and killed, their families will be given support and help’ said Vasily Orlov, acting governor of the Amur region.

Criminal investigation was launched into the circumstances of the attack, with several investigators flying to Amur region from Moscow at the order of Head of Russian Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin.

Brazil: Bolsonaro undermines Brazilian leadership in Latin America

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For political scientist, Bolsonaro undermines Brazilian leadership in Latin America

The direction of international policy practiced by President Jair Bolsonaro undermines Brazil’s international insertion, says Ibmec political scientist Christopher Mendonça

Bolsonaro Diplomacy Ribs Latin America
Bolsonaro’s diplomacy ribs in Latin America (Photo: Alan Santos / PR)
 

Sputnik: According to political scientist Christopher Mendonça, it is daunting that Brazil’s influence on Latin American politics is declining, but this picture is worsened by Jair Bolsonaro’s far-right government and the foreign policy it adopts. 

“Brazil since the end of the Cold War, in the transition from the 1980’s to the 1990’s, has been aiming to be a leader in the region given the almost absence of the United States in our bloc. It is important to emphasize that the presidents who came to the redemocratization had a major role in the constitution of Brazil as a power and leadership, especially in the Southern Cone, “says Ibmec’s professor of international relations in an interview with Sputnik Brazil. 

Mendonça says Bolsonaro breaks the principle of nonintervention in other countries’ internal affairs when he expresses preference in extraneous electoral processes, as when he said that Brazil would suffer from waves of refugees if the left returned to power in Argentina and also when it elected its preferred candidate. in the election of Uruguay.

Luis Lacalle Pou, Bolsonaro’s favorite, was eventually elected president of Uruguay, but rejected the support of the Planalto occupant. Already in Argentina, the fans had no effect and leftist Alberto Fernández will occupy Casa Rosada. Bolsonaro had publicly supported current president Mauricio Macri, who was defeated at the polls. 

“Unconventionally, Brazil has publicly stated in foreign policy positions [in favor of] more right-wing regimes,” says Mendonça. 

The Ibmec professor points out that “for the first time in recent history,” a Brazilian president does not greet the president of Argentina for the election and also refuses to participate in his inauguration. 

Brazil: Lula Holds Firm Against Bolsonaro’s Government

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Lula holds firm speech and says that one cannot have ‘condescension’ with the Bolsonaro government

Former President Lula has made it clear that he will not abandon the combative tone of his speech against Jair Bolsdonaro’s government. No condescension to those who trample on people’s rights and national sovereignty

Lula at the PT National Congress
Lula at the PT National Congress (Photo: Ricardo Kotscho)
 

247 Lula will maintain the combative level of his speech against the government of Jair Bolsonaro and has already sent signals to allies.  

According to the Folha de S.Paulo Panel column , this was not the expectation of members of other opposition parties and sectors of the PT itself.   

Lula told lawmakers that it is not possible to “indulge” the current occupiers of the Plateau.   

Combativity and polarization are in Lula’s political nature, in the PT’s DNA since its founding, says a friend of the former president.   

Even considering that there are sectors of the PT itself that call for more purposeful action, Lula’s speech at the 7th PT Congress last weekend is what will guide the acronym: polarization, opposition to Bolsonaro and struggle.

Julian Assange: Sweden drops rape investigation

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Julian Assange: Sweden drops rape investigation

Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on 11 April 2019Image copyright GETTY IMAGES
Image caption Assange was arrested in London after Ecuador abruptly withdrew its protection in April

Prosecutors in Sweden have dropped an investigation into a rape allegation made against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange in 2010.

Assange, who denies the accusation, has avoided extradition to Sweden for seven years after seeking refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in London in 2012.

The 48-year-old Australian was evicted in April and sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching his bail conditions.

He is currently being held at Belmarsh prison in London.

The Swedish investigation had been shelved in 2017 but was re-opened earlier this year following his eviction from the embassy.

In June, the then UK Home Secretary, Sajid Javed, formally approved an extradition request from the US where Assange is wanted on 18 counts related to the mass leak of American secrets.

What did the prosecutors say?

Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Eva-Marie Persson took the decision to “discontinue the investigation regarding Julian Assange”, the Swedish Prosecution Authority said.

“The reason for this decision is that the evidence has weakened considerably due to the long period of time that has elapsed since the events in question,” it added.

Media caption Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London

Ms Persson said: “I would like to emphasize that the injured party has submitted a credible and reliable version of events.

“Her statements have been coherent, extensive and detailed; however, my overall assessment is that the evidence situation has been weakened to such an extent that that there is no longer any reason to continue the investigation.”

The prosecutors said the decision had been taken after interviews with seven witnesses in the case.

What was the Swedish investigation about?

Assange was accused of rape by a woman and sexual assault by another one following a Wikileaks conference in Stockholm in 2010. He has always denied the allegations, saying the sex was consensual.

Media caption Who is Julian Assange?

He also faced investigations for molestation and unlawful coercion, but these cases were dropped in 2015 because time had run out.

The mayor of Muncie, Indiana, was arrested by the FBI in a corruption probe

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The mayor of Muncie, Indiana, was arrested by the FBI in a corruption probe

Muncie, Indiana, Mayor Dennis Tyler was arrested Monday morning by the FBI.

(CNN)Dennis Tyler, the Democratic mayor of Muncie, Indiana, was arrested at his home on Monday morning, according to the FBI.

An arrest warrant was executed at Tyler’s home at 7:30 a.m., and he is currently in FBI custody, according to Chris Bavender, spokeswoman with the FBI in Indianapolis.
The US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Indiana said acting US Attorney Josh Minkler will hold a press conference Monday afternoon to announce charges related to public corruption. Sarah Beach, information coordinator with Muncie, said the city will release further information when they receive it.
Tyler’s administration has been under scrutiny for several years now as investigators conducted a federal corruption probe, CNN affiliate WXIN reportedThe Star Press first reported in 2016 that the FBI was investigating Muncie’s former building commissioner Craig Nichols and the Muncie Sanitary District for possible wrongdoing.
Nichols, who was appointed by Tyler, was charged in a 2017 federal indictment with wire fraud, money laundering and theft for allegedly fraudulently awarding contracts to his own private company, the US Attorney’s Office said.
The federal corruption-related investigation in Muncie has led to indictments against five other people, prosecutors have said. Earlier this year, Nichols pleaded guilty to two counts and was sentenced to two years in prison, court records show.
Tyler, who grew up in Muncie and worked as a line captain for the Muncie Fire Department, has led the city as mayor since 2012. He did not run for reelection earlier this month, and Republican Dan Ridenour was elected to take over as mayor in 2020.
Muncie, a city northeast of Indianapolis, has a population of about 70,000 people.

Giuliani accidentally calls reporter, leaves voicemail about needing ‘a few hundred thousand’ dollars

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Giuliani accidentally calls reporter, leaves voicemail about needing ‘a few hundred thousand’ dollars

President Trump‘s lawyer Rudy Giuliani appeared to accidentally call an NBC News reporter and leave a voicemail in which he can be heard discussing money, NBC reported Friday.

The call came in after 11 p.m. on Oct. 16 and Giuliani appeared to be speaking with someone else in the same room, according to the news outlet, which published a portion of the audio.

The former New York City mayor discussed the kingdom of Bahrain and someone named Robert, according to NBC.

“You know, Charles would have a hard time with a fraud case ‘cause he didn’t do any due diligence,” Giuliani said.

It was not clear who Charles is, NBC reported.

“Let’s get back to business,” he reportedly continued. “I gotta get you to get on Bahrain.”

Giuliani is then heard saying he has “got to call Robert again tomorrow.”

“Is Robert around?” Giuliani asked.

“He’s in Turkey,” responded the other man in the room.

“The problem is we need some money,” Giuliani said, adding after several seconds of silence, “we need a few hundred thousand.”

NBC News reported that Giuliani had worked with somebody called Robert Mangas in the past, who is a registered agent of Turkey’s government and co-shareholder of the law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, which Giuliani worked for until May 2018.

But a spokeswoman for the law firm noted, “It could not have been Robert Mangas on the phone since [he] has not been to Turkey since 2013 and Mr. Mangas has not spoken to Mr. Giuliani since before he left Greenberg Traurig in May 2018.”

“Mr. Mangas and Mr. Giuliani never worked together on any matters related to Turkey, including the Zarrab case,” she added. “In fact, affidavits were filed with the court confirming that the two representations were and would be separate and that the firm put up an ethical screen to be sure these matters were kept separate, which is how these situations are handled.”

NBC also noted Giuliani’s connections in Bahrain, including a meeting last December with King Hamad Bin Isa al-Khalifa.

This isn’t the first time Giuliani has accidentally called an NBC reporter; last month he left another voicemail in which he insisted he was the target of attacks because he was making public accusations about former vice president Joe Biden, NBC reported

— Updated at 6:29 p.m.

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