- Title: Spain to seek cabinet approval to extradite 'mastermind' in Petrobras case
- Date: 23rd November 2016
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (NOVEMBER 23, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** BRAZIL'S FOREIGN MINISTER, JOSE SERRA, AND SPANISH COUNTERPART, ALFONSO DASTIS, ARRIVING FOR FAMILY PHOTO AND POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS SERRA AND DASTIS STANDING SERRA AND DASTIS ENTERING CONFERENCE ROOM FOR MEETING SPANISH AND BRAZILIAN DELEGATION STANDING NEXT TO TABLE BEFORE MEETING SERRA TAKING SEAT MEETING IN PROGRESS DASTIS AT MEETING SERRA TAKING OFF HIS GLASSES SERRA AND DASTIS ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE SERRA AND DASTIS AT NEWS CONFERENCE/JOURNALISTS ATTENDING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SPAIN'S FOREIGN MINISTER, ALFONSO DASTIS, SAYING: "There was in fact an arrest warrant that has been executed and what we are going to do, following the normal procedure in the event of an extradition, it is necessary to get judicial approval, we have to respect a judicial procedure and then the issue will be subject to the approval of the government's cabinet. This is the information that I am in a position to provide at the moment." SERRA AND DASTIS AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BRAZIL'S FOREIGN MINISTER, JOSE SERRA, SAYING: "I think we are going through a period of uncertainty, first with the Brexit, then with the American election, wars, what the role of China is finally going be internationally, that is still unclear. These are moments of uncertainty and it is at these moments of uncertainty when friends have to be united and take advantage of each other in dialogue, in decisions, in information. We already have that with Spain but we want to strengthen that cooperation even more." SERRA AND DASTIS AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BRAZIL'S FOREIGN MINISTER, JOSE SERRA, SAYING: "He used an expression which is perfect to explain our trip: strategic partners. We have come here precisely to reinforce that purpose. That Spain and Brazil are strategic partners on economic issues in the short term and the long term issues related to economy, politics and the cultural coexistence which is very important which is very strong with Spain." NEWS CONFERENCE ENDING SERRA SPEAKING TO JOURNALISTS
- Embargoed: 8th December 2016 15:45
- Keywords: Spain Jose Serra Brazil Alfonso Dastis Foreign Minister
- Location: MADRID, SPAIN
- City: MADRID, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00159O1ILF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Spain will seek judicial and government approval for the extradition to Brazil of a man suspected of being a"financial mastermind" in a corruption scheme at Brazil's semi-public oil company Petrobras, Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said on Wednesday (November 23).
The man, 43, is of dual Brazilian and Spanish nationality and had been on the run from Brazil since April, the interior ministry said on Tuesday. Spanish police arrested the man on Tuesday at a Madrid hotel.
"There was in fact an arrest warrant that has been executed and what we are going to do, following the normal procedure in the event of an extradition, it is necessary to get judicial approval, we have to respect a judicial procedure and then the issue will be subject to the approval of the government's cabinet," Dastis told a news conference with his Brazilian counterpart Jose Serra, currently on a two-day visit to Madrid.
Serra said Brazil wants to strengthen economic and political ties with Spain in times of uncertainty.
Serra declined to comment on the Petrobras case.
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