Brazil Offers Official Asylum to Iranian Facing Death and Treats Paraguay’s President

Iranian SakinehAiling Paraguay’s president Fernando Lugo is in Brazil where he was brought by a Brazilian Air Force Legacy jet. He was taken to the Sírio-Libanês hospital, one of the most modern and respected Brazilian health facilities, where he is undergoing a series of medical exams.

Lugo was recently found to have lymphatic cancer. He had an emergency operation on August 4 in Paraguay to remove a cystic tumor and during routine post-surgery exams the cancer was discovered.

Lugo is expected to spend two days in Brazil. He travel with his own doctors and some of his ministers.

Spokesmen for Lugo declared that the president was in a good mood, that his problem was easily treated and that they hoped the media would act responsibly, reporting the facts and not rumors.

The airplane trip was offered by president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva but Paraguayan author ties say that although they appreciate the gesture by Lula, they will pay the costs of the flight.

Asylum to Iranian

The Lula administration has formally offered asylum to Sakineh Moahammadi Ashtiani, 43, who is in jail in Iran sentenced to death by stoning. She is accused of adultery. The case has attracted international attention.

The Brazilian ambassador in Tehran, Antonio Luis Espinola Salgado, made the asylum offer official on August 9.

A little more than a week ago, speaking at a political rally in Brazil, president Lula offered to accept the widow “with open arms.”

At that time Iranian government spokesmen called Lula’s offer “emotional,” and said that he (Lula) was “badly informed.” The special presidential aide for international affairs, Marco Aurélio Garcia, called the Iranian reaction “normal.”

On August 8, Sakineh’s lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, fled Iran and arrived in Oslo, Norway, where he requested political asylum. The lawyer’s wife and brother were arrested and kept in jail for a week. Sakineh and her family deny that she committed adultery.

Brazilian foreign minister, Celso Amorim, told reporters that President Lula hadn’t hidden his annoyance upon signing the decree regulating a new round of economic sanctions against Iran, which adopted by the UN’s Security Council in June.

“Brazil does so annoyed, because we voted against this resolution,” said Amorim, shortly after attending a ministerial meeting with Lula.

ABr

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil’s Formula to Expropriate Rural Property for Land Reform

A new formula developed by Brazil’s Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA) to calculate the ...

Brazil’s Petrobras Buying Texas Oil Refinery

The President of Petrobras – Brazilian Oil S.A., José Sérgio Gabrielli, affirmed today, in ...

Brazilian Government Gives Fishing Its Own Ministry

The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, sanctioned last week the bill ...

Brazil Calls US Farm Subsidies ‘Curse on Trade’

Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Relations, Celso Amorim, stressed that priority will be given this ...

Brazilian Touch in Design Gets Respect in Europe

Brazilian companies are investing more and more in product design. A proof of this ...

The Greatest

  This article is in commemoration of Brazil’s 500th anniversary. (Brazil’s actual birthday date ...

Amnesty Says Brazil Police Keeps Using Torture and Murder

Amnesty International is publishing today a briefing expressing serious concern at the continued high ...

Brazil Meddles in Honduras and Dares World to Put Money Where Mouth Is

Snooker is the only word. Actually, it’s a double snooker. Brazil has applied the ...

Brazil’s Petrobras Pumps 6% Less Oil Overseas

Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras had its domestic and foreign production of petroleum and ...

A design from Annie Cicatelli inspired by the Amazon

The Works of Art and Philanthropy of a French-Brazilian Living in Paris

Embroiderers in Brazil and Tunisia are being guided from France by by a French ...