Former Paraná Governor and Senate candidate Beto Richa (PSDB) was arrested in Curitiba this morning. Richa allegedly accepted a bribe from Odebrecht. The case is being investigated by the State’s Attorney’s Office. On the same day and hour, and due to an unrelated case, the Operation Car Wash searched Richa’s apartment. Meanwhile, in a letter from prison, former president Lula blessed Fernando Haddad (PT) as his political heir and PT’s official candidate. Playing the victim, he seems not bothered by the former minister Pallocci’s recent accusations. In a hearing about another case where Lula is investigated for corruption, Pallocci was explicit: Lula asked for a bribe to buy Swedish jet fighters.
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Beto Richa’s imprisonment shakes electoral scene and should affect Alckmin’s candidacy
Former Paraná governor and Senate candidate Beto Richa (PSDB) was arrested in Curitiba this morning. In addition to him, his brother, wife, and a dozen more people were arrested during the Operation Radio Patrol, associated to the State’s Attorney’s Office. Coincidently, the Operation Car Wash also carried out a separate search and seizure in Richa’s apartment on the same day and hour. The PSDB presidential candidate, Geraldo Alckmin, said that, if guilty, Richa has to pay for his crimes. The electoral repercussions of this imprisonment are yet unknown.
Playing the victim, as usual, Lula finally blesses Haddad as his heir and candidate
In a letter released this afternoon, the former president Lula said outright that Fernando Haddad is his political heir and the Worker’s Party’s official presidential candidate. The letter was supposedly written by Lula’s assistants. In the document, Lula also stated that he was a victim of injustice for not being able to compete in this year’s elections. Haddad’s name has been endorsed unanimously by the Worker’s Party’s national executive.
In a blunt deposition, former minister Palocci accuses Lula of corruption again
In a hearing before investigators of the Greenfield Operation in June, former minister Antônio Palocci, closely associated to the Worker’s Party and its leaders, stated that Lula asked “directly” for a bribe to buy Swedish jet fighters during Dilma Rousseff’s mandate. In this case, Lula had been indicted for money laundering, influence peddling, and conspiracy. In his deposition, Palocci also mentioned French officials involved in the episode.
Ministry of Cities launches new license plates for Brazilian cars
Brazilian license plates will change to conform to Mercosul standards. The measure, several times postponed, starts to be enforced today. The new system was launched by the Ministry of Cities (yes, it exists!). According to the Ministry’s officials, the new license plates will be safer, including a QR code and a chip. For now, only cars licensed in Rio de Janeiro are going to use the Mercosul standard. The other states will adopt the system gradually.
Committee chooses Cacá Diegues’s movie to try an unprecedented Oscar
The Great Mystical Circus, by Cacá Diegues, is the movie chosen by a Ministry of Culture’s committee to try to be nominated to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film next year. Brazil has never won an Oscar. The movie, exhibited in Cannes early this year, follows a century in the lives of the Knieps, an Austrian family of circus owners. Brazil does not have a movie nominated to this category since 1999, with Central Station, by Walter Salles.