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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