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  • Men talk next to an image in tribute to late human rights activist and council woman Marielle Franco - who was assassinated in a shooting - nine months after her death, on Human Rights Day in Sao Paulo, Brazil, December 10, 2018.

    Men talk next to an image in tribute to late human rights activist and council woman Marielle Franco - who was assassinated in a shooting - nine months after her death, on Human Rights Day in Sao Paulo, Brazil, December 10, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 13 December 2018

The police is looking for a criminal gang directly involved in the murder rights activist Marielle Franco, but no names have been made public yet.

Special police forces of Brazil are searching 15 addresses in Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais in the hopes of finding the person/s responsible for the murder of councilwoman and rights activist Marielle Franco, and her driver Anderson Gomes.

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The Homicide Division of the Civil Police of Brazil is complying with search and arrest orders against the suspected murderers on Thursday, according to reports by teleSUR’s correspondent Nacho Lemus.

Local sources report that the arrest orders were issued against police officers and politicians involved in the murder, which took place on March 14.

The police agency declared that the operations are aimed at “verifying and checking intelligence information collected or anonymously transmitted to the unit” about the double murder. The information comes from parallel investigations to the case, as stated by the police.

According to O Globo, the main objective of the operations is a vehicle cloning criminal gang that could have cloned the silver Cobalt car used to the murders, which was identified but has yet to be find.

Rivaldo Barbosa, Rio de Janeiro’s chief of civil police, didn’t confirm this information but rather said the case was related with the murder of Marielle. The police has declared that secrecy “is the greatest guarantee for reaching the authors of the crimes being investigated.”

“Agents of the Homicides Division of the National Police are searching for suspects of Marielle Franco’s murder in order to arrest them in 15 addresses of Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais.”
 

The police has confirmed that there are local militias and other criminal gangs involved in the murder, which “likely” included politicians, however, no official suspect has been made public.

In November, Rio de Janeiro’s secretary of Public Security, Richard Nunes, explained that arresting one suspect would alert others and that investigators were trying to figure out how to capture most of them at once.

Brazil’s Minister of Public Security Raul Jungmann confirmed in November that the motives behind the murder had been political and that there were politicians, public agents, and paramilitaries involved, who were also the ones hampering investigations on the case.

Marielle Franco, an Afro-Brazilian lesbian and feminist socialist councilwoman, who was critical of police violence and the right-wing government, was assassinated in Rio de Janeiro along with her driver Anderson Gomes the night of Mar. 14, two weeks after she was named a rapporteur in a special commission to monitor military intervention in Rio de Janeiro.

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