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Congressmen Appeal to Indonesia to Spare Brazilian’s Life

A group of Brazilian senators and House representatives schedule a visit this Wednesday, February 15, to the embassy of Indonesia in BrasÀ­lia in an effort to halt the execution of a Brazilian, Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira.

Moreira has been condemned to death by a firing squad by an Indonesian court because of drug trafficking. The Brazilian was caught attempting to enter Indonesia in August 2003 with 13.4 kilos of cocaine hidden in a delta wing.

The congressional delegation will discuss the issue with Indonesian diplomats and intends to send a message to Indonesian President, Subilo Bambang Yudhoyono, asking him for clemency in the Acher case.

The Foreign Ministry and President Lula have already sent messages asking for clemency.

"We do not want to interfere in internal affairs in Indonesia, we do not want impunity, but our position is the same as that of President Lula. It is humanistic, Christian and respects life, asking that the President of Indonesia take the high moral ground," explained deputy Nelson Mourão (PT-AC), who is the vice president of the Foreign Relations Commission in the Lower House and a leader of the group.

"Although it is not common for the Indonesian government to pardon crimes involving drugs, there is hope and we are going to do our part by sending our message," concluded Mourão.

Meanwhile, Hengki Andhika Pinandito, an Indonesian diplomat, declared that it is possible that under the terms of a special bilateral treaty Acher could be extradicted back to Brazil. But that treaty still has to be worked out between Indonesia and Brazil.

Back in Session

The 4th session of the 52nd Legislature, which began in 2003, is now open. The president of the Congress, senator Renan Calheiros (PMDB, Alagoas state) has officially opened the 2006 legislative session in a ceremony in the Chamber of Deputies,

Among those present were the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Nelson Jobim, and the president of the Lower House, Aldo Rebelo (PCdoB, São Paulo); and the presidential Chief of Staff, Dilma Rousseff; along with eleven ambassadors and all the congressional leaders of political parties.

Agência Brasil

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    Then the British should also…
    … reopen the case of those other British in-residents (nearly unceremoniously) beheaded in the past by by successive levies of kings for otherwise easily pardoned misdemeanors. Some, I hear, slowly hanged until their breath stopped altogether. Your kings farted all the while.

  • Guest

    Then you should also…..
    ….reopen the case of the young British, who spent many years in Brazil, set up an orphanage, without any money, cared for YOUR children, accused of having sexual affair with children. In his judgement his lawyer was not even present, he had not even a translator, and was found guilty, and is in jail for 25 years.

    Every details of the judgment shows he was incorrectly incriminated.

    Your Justice Minister refused to reopen the judgement.

    SHAME ON YOU, this guy is not only not guilty and but also cared for orphans of YOUR country.

    Therefore as you said in the article where is
    YOUR “It is humanistic, Christian and respects life,” ????????????

    Afterall this British is ONLY asking a FAIR retrial.

    What is the job of the Brazilian justice ? What is the job of your Chief Justice of the Supreme Court ?
    What is the job of your Justice Minister ?

    IS NOT TO PROVIDE A FAIR TRIAL ??????????

    A TRUE SHAME…THE BRAZILIAN JUSTICE !!!!

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