Police operation in Brazil targets militia suspected of murdering Marielle Franco

In a brief statement, the Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro reported that the Homicide Police of the Capital (DHC) together with the Public Ministry of the State of Rio de Janeiro (MPRJ), through the Special Action Group in Combating Organized Crime (GAECO / MPRJ), carries out the Tânatos operation since the early morning.

According to the Brazilian police, “the action seeks to comply with arrest and search and seizure warrants against members of the criminal organization known as the Crime Office”.

The Office of Crime is a group of murderers who became known in Brazil with the death of activist Marielle Franco in 2018.

The criminal group was led by Adriano da Nóbrega, a former military police officer killed last February in a search and capture action in the Bay and who was suspected of participating in the death of Marielle Franco.

The alleged members of the Office of Crime militia are today the target of warrants issued based on another investigation that investigates the murder of Marcelo Diotti da Mata, also occurred in March 2018, and in an attempt to execute a retired police officer. The investigation pointed to the involvement of the criminal group in the crimes.

Police officers in Rio de Janeiro are serving six arrest warrants, in addition to 31 search and seizure in various parts of the city.

According to the newspaper O Globo, the main target is Leonardo Gouvea da Silva, known as Mad, who was arrested at home and who immediately denied any connection to the death of the activist.

Investigators believe that Mad may have headed a group that murdered businessman Marcelo Diotti da Mata, in the west of Rio de Janeiro, on March 14, 2018, the same date as Marielle Franco's execution.

Investigators even listed the cases, but as the crimes took place in distant areas at about the same time they dismissed the hypothesis, although they investigate the participation of members of the Office of Crime in the two homicide cases.

The shooting murder of Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Gomes, which took place in March 2018, generated a great commotion in Brazil and in the world. The councilwoman, black, homosexual and from a slum, stood out for her work as a defender of human rights and for her denunciations of police violence in Rio de Janeiro.

Investigations into his death are still ongoing, and the two alleged material authors have already been detained, and it remains to be determined who the moral author was.


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