Court denies Saul Klein’s pretrial detention for sex crimes

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The 2nd Criminal Court of Barueri denied, last Monday (16), the arrest request of businessman Saul Klein, 68, son of the founder of Casas Bahia, Samuel Klein, for eight sexual crimes, after indictment by the Civil Police. from Sao Paulo.

According to Judge Fabio Calheiros do Nascimento, the opinion of the Public Prosecutor’s Office was accepted “to carry out steps in the investigation that investigates the case”. And as there is no set deadline for its completion, the measure was taken “on the grounds that the law prohibits imprisonment for an indefinite period (Article 10 of the Criminal Procedure Code)”.

For some of the other suspects, precautionary measures were imposed, such as a ban on contact with each other and with the victims, a ban on leaving the country and blocking of assets of a legal entity that could be used by the group to co-opt women.

wanted by CNN Klein’s defense, represented by André Boiani e Azevedo Advogados, declared that “he was fully convinced that his arrest would not be ordered, since the existing elements in the police investigation are clear in the sense that such a decision would be totally unreasonable.”

“Saul reaffirms that he committed no crime. He regrets the undue exposure of his image in relation to accusations that should be processed confidentially, but he continues to trust the Justice”, they conclude.

understand the case

The chief delegate for the Defense of Women in Barueri, Priscila Camargo Campos Gonçalves, and assistant delegate Leonardo Rocha Vieira, responsible for the investigations, asked on April 29, in a 90-page inquiry, for the preventive detention of Saul Klein and nine more. people.

See the crimes:

  • Criminal organization: for integrating and funding the criminal organization in the commanding position – Klein and 12 other investigated persons;
  • Reduction analogous to slavery: subjecting a person to an exhausting working day – Klein and 4 other people investigated;
  • Human trafficking: enticing and transporting women for the purpose of sexual exploitation and/or reduction to the analogous condition of slavery – Klein and 9 other people investigated;
  • Rape: practice with physical or sexual violence various acts of carnal or lewd intercourse – Klein and four other investigated persons;
  • Rape of Vulnerable: practice various sexual or lewd acts of sexual intercourse with victims who are unable to offer residency – Klein and 2 other investigated persons;
  • Favoring prostitution or any other form of sexual exploitation of children or adolescents or vulnerable persons: hinder or prevent adolescent prostitution – Klein and 2 other people investigated;
  • Favoring prostitution or other forms of sexual exploitation: hinder or prevent prostitution – Klein and 3 other people investigated;
  • Brothel: maintain their own establishment where sexual exploitation took place – Klein and 1 other person investigated;
  • Falsification of public document: partially falsify public document – ​​2 persons investigated;

20 victims were heard. One of them was identified several times as a member of the organization by several women and had her arrest demanded.

They reported that they were hired to make VIP appearances, act as models or flyers. But, according to the police, they were segregated in Klein’s properties and subjected to sexual relations with him.

“Sometimes in an unwanted way and through physical or psychological violence carried out by the co-authors and other members of the organization, sometimes after intense use of alcoholic beverages and/or medication”, points out the inquiry.

Victims’ compensation averaged from R$1,000 to R$3,000 per weekend. Other advantages were offered directly or indirectly, if they wanted to leave the false job.

The criminal organization operated in four nuclei that were subordinate to Klein, namely:

  1. Grooming and selection;
  2. Falsification of documents;
  3. Internal, interstate and administrative security and logistics;
  4. Doctor.

According to the police, the crimes committed under the command of the businessman “were demonstrated by the various testimonies of countless victims who reported, in detail, the means and modes of operation of the illicit undertaking, as well as the investigations in the field carried out by the judicial police and statements of some involved in the activities.”

See the full position of Saul Klein’s defense

“Saul Klein’s defense was fully convinced that his arrest would not be decreed, since the existing elements in the police investigation are clear in the sense that such a decision would be totally unreasonable.

It should be noted that this was also the position of the Public Ministry regarding the request made by the Police Authority.

Saul reaffirms that he committed no crime. He regrets the undue exposure of his image in relation to accusations that should be processed confidentially, but he continues to trust the Justice.

André Boiani e Azevedo Advogados”

Source: CNN Brasil

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