June 26th, 2019.
Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court rejected an appeal to free former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from jail; the court chose to postpone the decision until a decision is made on the impartiality of the judge responsible for convicting Lula, Justice minister Sergio Moro. In Spain, a member of president Jair Bolsonaro’s G20 delegation was arrested carrying 39 kilos of cocaine during a layover. A survey indicated that lowering the age of majority could significantly reduce the number of crimes committed by underage felons, and a parliamentary front has been set up in order to address the issue. The Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency pointed out that one out of every ten cruise liners on Brazilian shores has unsatisfactory sanitary conditions. Finally, a shocking picture depicting a father and daughter who drowned trying to cross the border between the United States and Mexico rekindled the debate on the plight of immigrants fleeing from poverty in their countries.
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STF rejects request to free Lula
Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court rejected an appeal to release former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from jail. Lula’s defense team argued he should be freed due to the controversial private conversations between former judge and current Justice minister Sergio Moro and members of the Operation Car Wash taskforce, responsible for the ex-president’s conviction. The court voted 3-2 to postpone the debate on whether Moro acted impartially during Lula’s trial. The impromptu trial was held due to a maneuver by justice Gilmar Mendes, who chose to vote on a petition to release Lula before the end of the trial concerning Moro’s impartiality.
Military crew member in Bolsonaro’s G20 delegation is arrested with cocaine in Spain
A military crew member in president Jair Bolsonaro’s delegation was detained at the airport in Seville, Spain, after 39 kilos of cocaine was found in his carry-on luggage. The drugs were divided into 37 different bags. Bolsonaro was heading to Osaka, Japan, to attend a G20 meeting, and his delegation made a layover in Seville, where airport authorities found the drug. The Ministry of Defense confirmed the arrest, and president Bolsonaro used his official Twitter account to say his government is cooperating with Spanish authorities to investigate the case.
Lowering the age of majority could reduce murders committed by juveniles by up to 63 percent
A study done by Cristiano Oliveira, a Crime Economy expert at the Federal University of Rio Grande, has shown that lowering the age of majority could reduce the number of murders committed by juvenile offenders by up to 63 percent. The study has also shown that this reduction would reduce the recidivism rate by 20 percent among underage felons. A Datafolha poll conducted in January 2019 indicated that 84 percent of Brazilians believe that the age of majority should be reduced from 18 to 16 years of age. With that in mind, 194 members of Congress and nine senators from 17 different parties will create a parliamentary front to discuss the issue and draft a bill.
One out of every ten cruise ships has unsatisfactory health conditions
Every year, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) classifies cruise liners based on health inspections conducted in the previous season. The latest results from the 2018-2019 season indicated that only 53 percent of such ships in Brazilian shores met satisfactory standards. According to ANVISA, every cruise liner passing through Brazilian waters has to undergo a surprise and comprehensive health inspection, which checks almost everything on each vessel, from the quality of the water in swimming pools to the food and water served to the passengers. Out of 782 health issues reported on ships in the last season, 60 percent were cases of diarrhea and 34 percent were flu symptoms.
Father and daughter drown trying to cross US border
The bodies of 25-year-old Salvadoran Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter Valeria were found on the shores of the Rio Grande, on the US-Mexico border. The shocking image, showing the man face down in the water with his daughter clinging onto him, were photographed by journalist Julia Le Duc and published by Mexican newspaper La Jornada. According to Óscar’s wife, Tania, who witnessed the scene, he was frustrated because his family could not obtain asylum in the United States and decided to swim across the river which separates both countries, but the strong currents dragged both of them.