Brazil: Lula’s defense rejects another accusation in Odebrecht case


Brasilia, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s defense rejects an unfounded accusation about a peobable decision by the former president that the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (Bndes) favored the company Odebrecht.

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Brazil: Lula’s defense rejects another accusation in Odebrecht case

Brasilia, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s defense rejects an unfounded accusation about a peobable decision by the former president that the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (Bndes) favored the company Odebrecht.

Lula has not committed any crime and the accusation against him is ‘frivolous and without real foundation,’ said lawyer Cristiano Zanin, part of the defense of former workers leader.

According to the G1 news portal, Judge Vallisney de Souza Oliveira, of the tenth Federal Court of Brasilia, scheduled for May the hearing of witnesses’ statements in a criminal process that investigates whether Lula and 10 other people acted so Bndes favored the construction company Odebrecht .

In total, more than 40 witnesses registered by Lula’s defense will be heard by videoconference between May 26 and June 8. Among the deponents are ex-minister Miguel Jorge and advisers Paulo Okamotto and Clara Ant.

Given this announcement, Zanin insisted that ‘former President Lula has not committed any crime and this accusation, like the others, is frivolous and without real foundation.’

He explained that ‘the own witnesses registered by the Federal Public Ministry (MPF), such as collaborator Marcelo Odebrecht, declared that the accusations against Lula are unfair’.

He stressed the defense witnesses will surely reinforce this scenario, which should lead to the former president’s acquittal.

Lula, the nephew of his first wife, Taiguara dos Santos, businessman Marcelo Odebrecht and others are accused by the Prosecutor of the Federal District of crimes such as criminal organization, money laundering, corruption and influence peddling.

Such irregularities were investigated after the so-called Operation Janus of the Federal Police.

In the complaint against Lula, the MPF affirms that the ex-president acted with the Bndes ‘and other Brasilia organs’ to favor Odebrecht in loans for engineering works in Angola.

In exchange, indicates the Prosecutor’s Office, the contractor paid the amounts involved of up to R $ 30 million (about $ 5.6 million dollars).

At all times, the defense of Lula denounces that the founder of the Workers’ Party faces judicial and political persecution that separates him from the political scene and left him out of the presidential elections of October 2018.


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Wrong Candidates for Aid, Wrong Time

Humanitarian aid for Iran and the Palestinians is not likely to be used for the stated purpose.

package to Germany before the Nazi surrender on May 7, 1945. Or if Truman had air-dropped food, medicine, and cash on Japanese cities before Emperor Hirohito announced his country’s surrender on August 15, 1945. Such scenarios would have been impossible then, but today, pundits and politicians are advocating sending aid to Iran, a sworn enemy of the U.S., to combat the coronavirus. They are also urging the release of aid for the Palestinians, whose leaders range from hostile (Fatah) to terrorist (Hamas).


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Cuba reinforces veterinary surveillance before Covid-19


Havana, April 4 (Prensa Latina) Epizootiological surveillance is one of the lines of work of the Cuban health authorities, which are currently engaged in a tenacious fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19.

Sergio Pino, head of the Animal Health Department in Cienfuegos province, located some 246 km from the capital, explained that the country follows the same protocol for this purpose, which is why all veterinary services are kept open.

‘For now, Covidd-19 has not been declared a zoonosis (a disease that passes from animals to humans), nor is there any evidence that it infects animals that are affected or of economic interest,’ Pino said.

However, in Cuba there were indications that more care would be taken to detect it in time, said the expert.

Among the measures that strengthen the epidemiological surveillance system is training with respect to the new coronavirus and the application of a diagnostic algorithm to detect it in time, in case it occurs in animals or in humans who interact with them, Pino said.

Also keeping strict control of wildlife and livestock, he said, as cited by the Juventud Rebelde newspaper.

He said that early detection is the key to preventing a crisis, and recommended that if your pet or breeding animal shows respiratory symptoms that are strange or inconsistent with common conditions, it should be isolated from the herd and people.

In addition, the border veterinary service was activated, and extreme supervision was provided during the opening of containers, especially those from one of the affected countries.

Pino insisted on the need to check the regulations aimed at addressing the risks associated with legal and illegal trade in wildlife, an issue from which we are not exempt, and which can be a window to the transmission of epidemics if we are negligent.

He noted the importance of maintaining biosecurity in laboratories, clinics, markets and state farms and in the private sector, not only in the face of Covid -19, but to prevent other diseases.


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