January 23rd, 2020.
Brazilian Justice and Public Safety minister Sergio Moro’s anti-crime package, approved by Congress last year, will be officially enforced today. President Jair Bolsonaro departs today for a trip to India, where he will attend the official ceremony of that country’s most important national holiday, the Republic Day. French president Emmanuel Macron has been recorded having a public altercation with Israeli security officers during his visit to a church in Jerusalem which is considered to be a part of France’s territory. Brazilian Federal Supreme Court justice Luiz Fux rejected a petition made by Suzane von Richthofen, imprisoned after being convicted of killing her parents, to ban an unauthorized biography about her. Finally, a Brasília court ordered the release of a man accused of taking part in the criminal scheme in which cell phones from several Brazilian authorities were hacked and had their contents leaked to the media.
Take a look at our highlights.
New incarceration and sentencing rules: anti-crime package to be enforced
Almost one year after being submitted to the Brazilian Congress, the anti-crime bill put forward by Justice and Public Safety minister Sergio Moro will be officially enforced today. The package alters several items of Brazil’s penal legislation aiming at fighting violence, organized crime, and corruption. The final version of the bill merged parts of Moro’s original draft with proposals added by Federal Supreme Court justice Alexandre de Moraes, and it was approved after a ten-month discussion in Congress. President Jair Bolsonaro vetoed 25 items of the bill, but congressmen may yet overturn his veto and enforce it within the next months.
Gandhi, Taj Mahal, and business: Bolsonaro goes to India
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro departs today for a trip to India, accompanied by several ministers of his cabinet. This will be his first international trip in 2020, and it is being seen as a gesture of diplomatic reciprocation for the visit Indian prime minister Narendra Modi paid to Brasília during the BRICS summit in November 2019. Bolsonaro will be welcomed as a guest of honor during the Republic Day celebrations, but beyond the diplomatic ceremonies, Brazilian officials will discuss cooperation and partnership deals with their Indian counterparts in the areas of energy, science and technology, agriculture, and defense.
Macron shouts at Israeli security officers in Jerusalem
French president Emmanuel Macron got into a heated argument with Israeli security officers during a visit to Jerusalem’s Old Town on Wednesday. The French leader is in Israel to attend a ceremony for the victims of the Holocaust today. Macron was trying to enter the Church of Saint Anne, which is considered by France as French territory. When security officers tried to enter the building next to Macron, he lashed out: “I don’t like what you did in front of me. Go outside, please.” Several videos posted on social media websites show the rest of the altercation; the Israeli foreign ministry declined to comment on the incident.
Fux rejects von Richthofen’s request to bar unauthorized biography
Brazilian Federal Supreme Court justice Luiz Fux rejected a petition made by Suzane von Richthofen, sentenced to 39 years in jail for masterminding the murder of her parents in 2002, to bar the publication of an unauthorized biography about her life. The book, “Suzane Assassina e Manipuladora”, written by journalist Ullisses Campbell, will be released today. A previous Federal Supreme Court decision overruled an inferior court order which prevented books from being sold, and justice Fux overruled Suzane’s appeal, claiming that “the possibility of having several opinions and points of view over themes which offer an interest to the general public is a sine qua non condition for the subsistence of a democratic regime.”
Court orders release of Operation Spoofing hacker
Brasília 10th Court federal judge Ricardo Soares Leite ordered the release of Danilo Cristiano Marques, arrested during the Brazilian Federal Police Operation Spoofing for taking part in the alleged hacking of cell phones of several public officials and members of the Operation Car Wash taskforce. Among the conditions imposed on Leite for his release are the prohibition of using the internet and cell phone apps, as well as wearing an electronic ankle bracelet. The hacker was accused of being a frontman for Walter Delgatti Neto, considered to be the mastermind behind these cybercrimes.