New suspect linked to the death of Marielle Franco detained in Rio de Janeiro

New suspect linked to the death of Marielle Franco detained in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro authorities detained a man on Wednesday accused of making the car in which Brazilian councilwoman Marielle Franco was murdered in 2018 disappear.

“The Federal Police and the Public Ministry of the State of Rio de Janeiro (GAECO/MPRJ) arrested the owner of the establishment he received, dismantled it and discarded the vehicle used by the murderers to commit the double homicide that killed councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver, and the attempted murder against the parliamentarian’s advisor, which occurred in 2018”, the Brazilian Federal Police said in a statement.

The activist was shot dead by two men in the center of Rio de Janeiro as she left a political meeting on the night of March 14, 2018.

“The accused impeded and hindered investigations into criminal offenses involving a criminal organization, causing serious damage to the administration of Justice and, consequently, to the search for the real truth”, detailed the Rio authorities.

The detainee was transferred to the Regional Superintendence of the Federal Police and will be sent to the penitentiary system, where he will remain at the disposal of the Justice Department.

Six years after the fateful event, the crime is still surrounded by unknowns regarding its mastermind.

So far, investigations indicate that there is a strong connection between the events and militia groups fighting to control drug trafficking and other illicit activities in the state capital.


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