Brazil Judge Won't Lift Ban on Silva Taking Post

By Jenny Barchfield; Mauricio Savarese | Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque), March 23, 2016 | Go to article overview

Brazil Judge Won't Lift Ban on Silva Taking Post


Jenny Barchfield; Mauricio Savarese, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque)


Brazil trims anti-violence program RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's economic woes are forcing officials in Rio de Janeiro to cut back at least one anti-violence program ahead of the Olympic Games in August.,Public Safety Department head Jose Mariano Beltrame told state legislators Monday that his department's budget has been cut 32 percent.,That means there's not enough money to expand police "pacification" units in the violence-wracked Mare complex of 15 shantytowns near Rio's international airport. The units were to have been completed before the start of the Olympics.,The program is aimed at pushing out drug trafficking gangs that ruled the slums for decades.,The U.S. consulate in Rio said Tuesday that it has changed its policy regarding visits by its staff to the city's shantytowns.,"U.S. government personnel must now obtain permission from the consulate's security office before traveling to pacified areas," it said in a security message for U.S. citizens. Visits to non-pacified slums are prohibited.

RIO DE JANEIRO - A Brazilian Supreme Court justice on Tuesday rejected a government appeal to let former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva assume a Cabinet job, a posting that would make it harder to prosecute him.

The justice acted as police made more detentions in a sprawling corruption scandal at the state-run oil company that has already ensnared dozens of top politicians and has circled closer to Silva.

Justice Rosa Weber denied motions by the government to overturn a decision last week by another Supreme Court justice who blocked Silva from becoming chief of staff for his successor, President Dilma Rousseff. …

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