Rio de Janeiro Police Department has evidence that the killers of City Councilor Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Gomes, are part of the state’s security cabinet. The information has been published by local newspaper O Dia. Citing sources from the state administration, reporter Rafael Nascimento informs that the assassinations were carried out by a notorious death squad called “The Office of Crime,” a group led by a former chief of the Rio special forces and made up of military policemen and ex-policemen.

The hitmen were reportedly hired on the deep web — the umbrella name for parts of the World Wide Web whose contents are not indexed by standard web search engines. It is commonly used for crimes like child trafficking, illicit arms trades, and assassin hire.

The crime will complete 10 months on Monday. In December, Rio police issued warrants for arrests and search and seizure operations in connection with the crime. Officers from the city’s homicide division visited 15 locations in the states of Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais. The targets were from a gang specializing in cloning vehicles, suspected to have been responsible for providing the silver Chevrolet Cobalt used in the murder.

In May, a key witness told the civil and federal police that the crime had been planned and ordered by militiaman and former military policeman Orlando Oliveira Araújo, in conjunction with Rio de Janeiro councilor Marcello Siciliano. He has already given three statements to the police, always denying any wrongdoing — but he remains in the list of suspects.

In December, General Richard Nunes, who headed the federal intervention in Rio de Janeiro that lasted until the end of 2018, said that Marielle Franco was murdered because she represented a threat to fraudulent land operations in Rio de Janeiro’s West Zone.

Speeding up the investigation

Rio police have allocated a special detective exclusively to the case, in order to give it more rapidity. “I want the investigation to be finished very quickly,” said Antonio Ricardo Nunes, the new Director of the Homicides division.

Earlier this week, new Governor Wilson Witzel said that the people involved in the crime could be arrested as soon as this very month. “The Marielle Franco case is indeed close to an ending. I can’t legally look at the documents — which are sealed. But the information I have is that the prison of the criminals involved could happen still in January.”

It is not the first time that authorities have claimed to be on the cusp of closing the case. However, we still don’t know who killed Marielle Franco and Anderson Gomes.

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BY The Brazilian Report

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