Brazil’s ex-president says he’s ‘ready’ for jail in new book

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva holds a copy of his book during the book launch event in Sao Paulo, Brazil March 16, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 17 March 2018

Brazil’s ex-president says he’s ‘ready’ for jail in new book

SAO PAULO: Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva launched a book Friday in which he says he is “ready” to go to jail and serve a 12-year and one-month sentence on a corruption charge conviction.
The book, “Truth Will Triumph: The People Know Why I am Being Condemned,” was introduced in Sao Paulo at the Chemical Workers Union before a crowd of hundreds of cheering supporters.
The 212-page book is a collection of articles and a February interview with two journalists, an international-relations professor and the book’s publisher.
Da Silva’s conviction was upheld in January, and another court has denied his request for an injunction that would prevent him from being imprisoned as he appeals the ruling to the Superior Federal Tribunal.
That means it is possible that da Silva could soon begin serving his sentence, even though he is the front-runner for the Oct. 7 presidential election. He previously served two terms as Brazil’s president, in 2003-2011.
At the book launching, da Silva said the charges against him are unfounded and called them part of a plan to prevent him from running for the presidency again.
“If I am arrested I will be transformed into this country’s first political prisoner in the 21st century,” da Silva said.

Pakistan eliminated terrorism with monumental cost — Defense Minister

Updated 26 April 2018

Pakistan eliminated terrorism with monumental cost — Defense Minister

  • Beijing hosted the first SCO Defense Ministers meeting after the organization was expanded in 2017 and added India and Pakistan as full members
  • He said that presence of Daesh in Afghanistan is a source of insecurity for its neighbors

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Minister for Defense Khurram Dastgir Khan said that Pakistan has eliminated terrorism from its soil at a monumental cost — in the in blood of soldiers and citizens.
The minister made his remarks at the 15th Defense Ministers Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Beijing.
He added that Pakistan had adopted a comprehensive national action plan to combat terrorism: “We have suffered economic losses in excess of US $120 billion (Rs 13,920 billion) in our war against terror,” he added.
It was the first assembly of SCO Defense Ministers since the organization expanded in 2017, adding India and Pakistan as full members.

Khan said the continuing turmoil in Afghanistan, including presence of ISIS (Daesh), was a source of insecurity for its neighbors and the entire region.

“Serious challenges facing the region include violent extremism, poverty, lack of trans-boundary water management, drug trafficking, refugees, human trafficking and border controls,” the minister said.

Khan acknowledged the existence of bilateral issues between SCO members, but asserted that these should “never be allowed to impede our collective work.” He encouraged his counterparts to face collective challenges with “courage, harmony and cooperation.”

The minister signed a communiqué with other participants offering support for the “Shanghai Spirit” of building a shared community with peace and stability, development and prosperity.

Defense ministers from the SCO member states including China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and India attended the meeting. The defense minister of Belarus attended as an observer.