reportedly recommended charges against U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte and James Feigen for falsely reporting that they were robbed at gunpoint on Sunday. Brazilian authorities believe that story was made up. They say the men had actually vandalized a gas station, and it was a security officer who had pulled a gun on them to keep them from leaving the premises. Even though a judge tried to confiscate his passport, Lochte made it back to the United States. So the big question now, could Lochte be extradited to Brazil? Doubtful. Here’s why.The United States Brazilian International Extradition Treaty was signed in 1962, and does allow for U.S. citizens charged with a crime to be extradited to Brazil. However, the list of crimes that are eligible for extradition does not include making a false statement. Instead, the governments include crimes like robbery, larceny, murder, and perjury. Some have said that making a false statement might … [Read more...] about Will Ryan Lochte be Extradited to Brazil? Doubt it.
SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian court has dismissed the criminal case against U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, who had been charged with filing a false robbery report during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The court confirmed in a statement this week that it tossed out the case after determining that Lochte’s robbery claim made to NBC did not constitute the filing of a fake report, a crime punishable in Brazil by up to 18 months in prison.“We are pleased that the court has finally dismissed the criminal prosecution against Mr. Lochte, while also acknowledging that he committed no crime while in Brazil. We are hopeful that the prosecution accepts the court’s decision so that this story can finally be put to rest,” Jeff Ostrow, Lochte’s Florida-based attorney, said in an email to The Associated Press on Saturday.Lochte told NBC last year that he and fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi by men with … [Read more...] about Brazil Court Dismisses Ryan Lochte’s False Robbery Report Case During Rio Olympics
On Friday, it was announced that U.S. Olympian James Feigen must pay $10,800 dollars because he allegedly lied about a robbery, The Associated Press reports. His attorney Breno Melaragno said that they worked out a deal with a judge: Feigen will pay the money to an “institution” to get his passport back, then leave the country. It’s unclear what was meant by “institution.”Local police have already recommended that he and gold medalist Ryan Lochte be indicted for issuing false reports.They and two other swimmers, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, said there were robbed Sunday at a Rio de Janiero gas station. They claimed it was armed men dressed as police officers. This story launched a bizarre struggle over the truth. After the story broke, an International Olympic Committee spokesman immediately said it never happened. Authorities investigated briefly detaining Bentz and Conger on Wednesday before their return flight to the United States. Then on … [Read more...] about U.S. Swimmer Agrees to Pay $10,800 to Leave Brazil
[JURIST] A Brazilian congressional committee voted [vote record, in Portuguese] Wednesday to reject [press release, in Portuguese] corruption charges against President Michel Temer. The charges are related [BBC report] to a corruption case against meatpacking company JBS [corporate website]. The charges were rejected in a vote of 39-26 that fell largely along party lines.The full lower chamber still needs to vote on the matter, but they are expected to follow the vote of the congressional committee. In order to face trial, two-thirds of the lower house needs to approve the charges.Temer has been the subject of several difference corruption probes since taking office. In September Brazil's Supreme Court authorized [JURIST report] an investigation of corruption and money laundering charges against Temer related to the operation of a port in Santos. In September 2016 the Brazilian Supreme Court approved an investigation against Temer into allegations of illegal campaign donations … [Read more...] about Brazil congressional committee rejects corruption charges against Temer
[JURIST] Brazil's federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged [text, PDF, in Portuguese] individuals instrumental in obtaining Brazil's bid for the Olympic Games held last summer. Most notable of those charged of bribery are Carlos Nuzman [BBC report], head of Brazil's Olympic Committee, Leonardo Gryner, right-hand man of Nuzman on the committee, and Arthur Cesar de Menezes Soares Filho, former Trump Hotel Rio de Janeiro partner. Sergio Cabral, former governor Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state, was sentenced [JURIST report] to 14 years and two months in June for corruption and money laundering in connection to the Olympics.Filho is considered a fugitive [NYT report] in the US. Brazil has attempted to extradite the accused former partner, but has claimed that the US has not cooperated with the international investigation. There have been no allegations made in connection with the Trump organization.Evidence against former president Nuzman allegedly include undeclared gold bars and is part of … [Read more...] about Brazil Olympic committee members and former Trump Hotel partner charged with corruption