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The Covid-19 Commission of Inquiry has come to an end, now what? Bolsonaro may be charged with a crime against humanity – News



What is the CPI and what does it research?

The Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI), chaired by Senator Omar Aziz, is investigating the alleged setbacks and omissions of the Brazilian executive in the fight against the pandemic.

The commission was created in the Brazilian Senate last April and has since investigated evidence of numerous violations, ranging from the government’s defense of ineffective drugs for the disease to possible corruption in vaccine negotiations (namely, a vaccination contract). the purchase of 20 million doses of covaxin signed by Brazil and Bharat Biotech for R $ 1.6 billion).

Marked by several controversies and revelations, the CPI of the pandemic listened to more than 50 people, including ministers and former ministers, health experts, businessmen, families of victims and others, as well as considered alleged failures in managing the pandemic, such as delays in procurement of vaccines (due to for ignoring more than 100 emails from Pfizer), the oxygen crisis in Manaus and even the spread of “fake news”.

On Wednesday, the rapporteur, Senator Renan Calleiros, announced the findings of a document that has already hit the pages New York Times… According to a North American newspaper with access to the preliminary version, the report blames Bolsonaro for the deaths of more than 300,000 Brazilians.

Recall that in the country, one of the most affected by the pandemic, more than 600 thousand deaths and 21.6 million cases of infection with the new coronavirus have been registered. “Many of these deaths were preventable,” Renan Calheiros told the New York Times.

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What crimes are indicated in the report?

In statements to several Brazilian authorities, a spokesperson for the document said last week that the Brazilian president would be charged with 11 crimes committed during the country’s health crisis, including murder.

“Is it over there? [a CPI] was established by the need to give an answer to the public about how the president of the republic was involved or not, whether he was responsible for the increase in the number of deaths in Brazil or not, and the commission concluded that he was indeed responsible and he should be blamed for all this. The prospect is that we will use 11 different types of criminal offenses, depending on the behavior of the president of the republic, ”he said. Renan Calleiros in BBC Brazil.

However, this morning the senators decided to exclude the crimes of inaction and genocide of indigenous peoples from the report.

“The genocide was not a consensus, no one had a consensus, there was no consensus among lawyers. Among us senators, I myself said that I need to be convinced. The most important thing in this meeting is that we came out as one, ”said CPI President, Senator Omar Aziz, who is quoted as saying G1 (Globe)

The rest of the crimes imputed to the president remain in the document. According to the publication, Bolsonar will be charged with nine crimes:

What other names appear in the CPI document?

Total and over Newspaper, a document of more than a thousand pages should propose to prosecute about 70 people and two companies (“Necessary Medicines” and “VTC Magazine”).

In addition to Bolsonaro, the final report should include ministers, former ministers, MPs and the president’s sons (Senator Flavio, MP Eduardo and Councilor Carlos).

O Country Brazil he writes that the CPI is also targeting Federal MP and former Minister of Citizenship Osmar Terra (MDB-RS), former Minister of Health Eduardo Pazuello, as well as doctors Nise Yamaguchi and Paolo Zanotto, suspected of involvement in the so-called parallel cabinet.

The group, which has worked informally with the Ministry of Health on solutions to tackle the pandemic, will influence government denial policies and is accused of helping to spread “fake news” about the disease, promoting treatments without scientific evidence. such as hydroxychloroquine, and protect herd immunity rather than social distancing and mass vaccinations.

What follows from reading the report?

Launched in April in the Senate, following the STF (Supreme Federal Court) determination, the CPI Covid is due to be completed by the end of October. The last activity of the commission will be a vote on the final report, which will take place on 26 October.

The vote was scheduled for this Wednesday, but was postponed due to disagreements between the senators in the classification of crimes and the accused, above all, writes Newspaper, against members of the family of President Jair Bolsonaro.

If approved by a simple majority of eleven members of the commission, each of the conclusions of the report may involve sending a document to various bodies.

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The document will be sent to the Attorney General of the Republic Augusto Aras and other bodies responsible for overseeing the activities of the executive branch and the accused – the prosecutor’s office, the Chamber of Accounts and the Chamber of Deputies, if it is concluded that the crime is responsible for impeachment (President’s resignation process). In the case of crimes against humanity or genocide, the report should be submitted to the International Criminal Court in The Hague so that the possible civil, criminal and political liability of the accused can be increased.

If the document recommends legislative changes, they will be processed as bills in the National Congress.

[Notícia atualizada às 10h19 com novos elementos do relatório final]

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Nord Stream: Anthony Blinken called Putin’s accusations about the pipeline “absurd and outrageous”



“I have nothing to add to these absurd statements by President Putin that we or our allied partners are somehow responsible for this,” Blinken said at a press conference.

The head of the US diplomatic mission once again condemned the “scandalous disinformation campaign” of Russia.

At the conference, along with his Canadian counterpart Melanie Joly, the American said he did not intend to prejudge the “ongoing investigation” into the origin of the explosions that led to leaks in gas pipelines, but assured that he was in “close contact with the Europeans on this issue.

The head of the Russian state today, during his speech in the Kremlin after the annexation of four Ukrainian regions, accused Western representatives of being behind the “explosions” that caused large leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines built for transporting Russian gas towards Europe.

“By organizing explosions on international gas pipelines crossing the bottom of the Baltic Sea, they actually began to destroy the European energy infrastructure,” he condemned, attributing this “sabotage” to the “Anglo-Saxons”.

Vladimir Putin also stressed that the United States is “pressing” on European countries so that they completely stop Russian gas supplies “in order to capture the European market.”

Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the European Union (EU) and NATO said this week that the Nord Stream leaks were due to “deliberate acts” and “sabotage”.

For its part, the Kremlin called “meaningless and absurd” European accusations that Russia could be held responsible for the damage found in the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines.

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Ukraine on Tuesday blamed Russia for the pipeline leak, condemning a “terrorist attack” against the European Union (EU).

The first Nord Stream, capable of pumping 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year, was halted after Russia claimed an oil leak at the only Russian compressor station still in operation.

On the other hand, Nord Stream 2 was never put into operation due to the blockade of infrastructure by Berlin even before the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.

However, both pipelines are filled with gas and therefore must maintain a stable pressure.

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“Victory will be ours!” Putin assured on Red Square



“Victory will be ours!” shouted the President of Russia to the applause of a crowd of thousands.

“Welcome home!” – Putin said, addressing the residents of the annexed Ukrainian territories, believing that they “returned to their historical homeland.”

“Russia does not just open the doors of its home to people, it opens its heart,” he said from a stage specially installed on the symbolic square near the Kremlin wall (the residence of the President of Russia).

Many Russian flags fluttered among the crowd in attendance, and some people also wore black and orange striped St. George ribbons, an old tsarist military award that became a symbol of the Red Army’s victory over Nazi Germany.

Several giant screens and a powerful sound system were also installed so that people could follow the speech of the President of Russia and the performance of various Russian pop stars who performed on stage.

The Russian head of state, in power for 22 years, referred to a “special, historic day of truth and justice” at a time when Russian soldiers are “heroically defending the people’s choice” in Ukraine, he said.

“We will do everything to support our brothers and sisters in Zaporozhye, Kherson, Luhansk and Donetsk, improve their security, restart the economy, restore,” he also said, hours after signing the annexation of these four Ukrainian regions, in a ceremony in the Kremlin.

After this symbolic act in the Kremlin, which was a new step in his war against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a neighboring country, Putin defended his mantra with a raised microphone that Russia created modern Ukraine.

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“I can’t help but remember how the Soviet Union was formed. It was Russia that created modern Ukraine, transferring significant territories there, the historical territories of Russia itself along with the population,” Putin said.

“We are stronger because we are together. The truth is with us, and there is strength,” Putin said, adding once again: “Then victory will be ours!”

Kyiv and its Western allies have widely condemned such an annexation, with NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a Western defense bloc) classifying it as “illegitimate” and the countries of the European Union (EU) and the G7 (a group of the most industrialized countries in the world : Germany, Canada, USA, France, Italy, Japan and the UK) declared that they would “never recognize [tais] alleged annexations.

Putin has no intention of visiting the four Ukrainian regions now annexed by Moscow in the midst of a military conflict with Kyiv, a Kremlin spokesman said.

“Not yet, because at the moment there is a lot of work ahead, but this will definitely happen after some time,” said Dmitry Peskov, who was quoted by Russian news agencies and asked about the possibility of such a visit.

The four occupied regions of Ukraine, whose annexation treaties Putin signed today, make up about 15% of Ukraine’s territory – Donetsk and Lugansk (which he had already recognized as independent republics shortly before the invasion of Ukraine), Kherson and Zaporozhye (which hosts the largest nuclear power plant in Europe). ).

The military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia in Ukraine has already caused the flight of more than 13 million people – more than six million internally displaced people and more than 7.5 million to European countries – according to the latest UN figures, which rank this migration crisis as the worst in Europe since World War II (1939-1945).

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The Russian invasion, justified by Putin as the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security, was condemned by the international community as a whole, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing political and economic sanctions against Russia.

The UN has presented as confirmed since the beginning of the war, which entered its 219th day today, 5,996 civilians killed and 8,848 wounded, stressing that these figures are much lower than the real ones.

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EU Agreement on Excess Profit Tax and Energy Savings



This Friday in Brussels, European Union energy ministers reached an agreement on emergency intervention in the face of rising energy prices, which includes a solidarity contribution to the exceptional profits of companies in the energy sector.

The regulation, proposed this month by the Commission and given political approval this Friday 27, provides for a 33 percent tax on excessive profits from fossil fuel companies, to be converted into a “solidarity contribution” to be redistributed to the most vulnerable, a profit ceiling companies producing low-cost (renewable) electricity, and plans to reduce electricity consumption, voluntary (10% for total demand) and mandatory (5% during “peak hours”).

“Agreement! The ministers reached a political agreement on measures to reduce high electricity prices: a mandatory reduction in electricity demand, limiting the market revenues of over-marginal electricity producers and solidarity contributions from fossil fuel producers,” announced the current Czech Presidency of the Council. EU.

At the meeting, represented by Portugal’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Duarte Cordeiro, 27 countries will discuss policy options to reduce high gas prices, but no decision is expected today despite a large group of 15 member states. , including Portugal, demanded a “ceiling” on gas prices.

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