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Brazilian government does wrong with diplomats that helped Roger Pinto

From Oglobo.com, written by Demétrio Magnoli:

2014-05-13 08.45.13 am

Diplomatic Misery

The State becomes a tool for achieving the purposes of the occasional occupants of the government.

‘Respect instructions, respect laws, but not about whims or manifestly illegal orders.” The statement given to the newspaper “A Tribuna”, from Vitória (5/4), should appear at the top of a manual of conduct for public officials. And diplomat Eduardo Saboia had the right address. Saboia headed the Brazilian embassy in La Paz until Friday, August 23, 2013, when he decided that an ethical limit had been exceeded and orchestrated the escape of former Bolivian Senator Roger Pinto Molina to Brazil. Today, the diplomat suffers coward tacit punishment of ostracism: a commission of inquiry open at the Foreign Ministry, with deadline 30 days, still without a resolution after eight months.

The filmmaker Dado Galvão prepares a major documentary on the saga of Pinto Molina and Saboia. It will be an incomplete story because of the long series of sordid details that remain buried under the headstone secrecy that covers both communications between the embassy and Brasilia as the records of the administrative proceedings against Saboia. But we now know is already blushing pimps.

After receiving diplomatic asylum from the Brazilian government, Pinto Molina remained confined at the embassy in La Paz for 15 months. While the Bolivian government refused to grant safe-conduct to leave the country, he had no right to sunbathe or have intimate visits. The infamy reached a climax in March 2013, when Brasilia emissaries gathered in Cochabamba, with the Bolivian government representatives to coordinate the delivery of care to asylum in Venezuela. The “final solution” just did not materialize due to the crisis triggered in the final weeks of agony of Hugo Chavez. In its place, we adopted the policy of endless procrastination, which sought to break the resistance of Pinto Molina, compelling him to surrender to the Bolivian authorities.

Cochabamba is a milestone in the moral decline of Brazilian diplomacy. The embassy in La Paz was left out of the negotiations. Ambassador Marcel Biato, who was requesting a legal and decent solution to the impasse, was summarily removed from office. (Since then, circulating from here to there, without functions, the halls of the Foreign Ministry, Biato experiences a prolonged ostracism.) Pinto Molina, in turn, had visitation rights restricted to his lawyer and his daughter. A direct order from Brasilia banned the transfer of the asylee to the diplomatic residence, keeping him in a cubicle of the chancery. In those days, shamefully, the Foreign Minister, Antonio Patriota, reached flirting with the idea of ​​confiscation of the cell phone and the laptop of the assailed.

Convictions, beliefs, values​​? None of that. Dilma Rousseff led the whole episode down by fear – or rather by two conflicting fears. Earlier, at the suggestion of Patriota, granted diplomatic asylum fearing domestic criticism – and, for that reason, not revoked it at the time of the meeting of Cochabamba. Then, at each step, fearing to displease Evo Morales, has violated the legal rights of Pinto Molina, gave Bolivia ambassador’s Biato scalp and converted Saboia as the jailer of the assailed. Those concessions only encouraged the Bolivian government to harden its position. Abusive extension of imprisonment of 12 Corinthian fans in Oruro was Bolivia’s direct reprisal against Brazil. The patent disinterest in the fate of imprisoned Brazilian citizens represented a new – and abject – attempt at appeasement by Brasilia.

Saboia took over the embassy after the expulsion of Biato, and tried, unsuccessfully, to accelerate vain farcical negotiations conducted by a committee Brazil/Bolivia formed out of the margins of the diplomatic representation in La Paz. Five months later, broke the deadlock by accepting the Pinto Molina risk transfer to Brazil. In normal times, the diplomat who has invoked Brazilian prerogative of granting asylum was approved by the Brazilian government with open arms. But during “Dilma times”, the world has turned inside out. Before the family of Saboia could leave Bolivia, the government has sent the media, the name of the responsible one for the refugee getaway. Following, reserved Saboia a permanent place in the chair of the culprits.

Dilma times, an era of “illegal orders” and “whims “. The president expressed, in public and in the press, her prior conviction of Saboia before the opening of the official investigation. For the first time in history (and that includes the military dictatorship!), A commission of inquiry of the Foreign Ministry is not headed by a diplomat, but by an adviser to the Comptroller General of the Union who operates as a direct intervener for the Presidency. “Clearly there is political pressure,” complains Saboia.” There is an inquiry that is not, apparently, investigating the events that led a person to be confined for 15 months; but faces punishing me” In March, the committee emanated a provisional term of indictment which omits the defense arguments and crystallizes the most unusual charges – including that Saboia violated the “uses and customs” (!!!) of Bolivia.

The petty persecution on Biato and Saboia is not an isolated case, but the projecting of a deep institutional decay tip: little by little, the state becomes a realization of the purposes of the transient occupants at the government. It is no longer a secret to anyone that the government solemnly ignores human rights violations in Cuba and Venezuela. Less publicized, however, is the fact that the “lulopetismo” [related to Lula] foreign policy is dangerous and has domestic repercussions: the National Committee for Refugees (Conare), a body chaired by the Ministry of Justice, has placed the requests for political refuge for dozens of Bolivians, to sleep in limbo.

“I have no respect to whims or manifestly illegal orders.” In Brazil’s Dilma, whoever says this is a culprit. The president demands blind obedience. Shame.

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