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  Brazil: two ex-police officers arrested over murder of Marielle Franco
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Mar 12, 2019 09:25pm
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AuthorDom Phillips
News DateTuesday, March 12, 2019 08:25:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionTwo former police officers have been arrested over the murder of the Rio de Janeiro councillor Marielle Franco, two days before the first anniversary of her death, which prompted international outrage.

Franco, a groundbreaking politician who was born in one of Rio’s largest favelas and became a voice for disadvantaged people in the city, was killed in a drive-by shooting along with her driver, Anderson Gomes.

She had criticised police killings in the favelas where she grew up and took part in a 2008 state legislature inquiry into the paramilitary gangs that dominate large areas of Rio state. Known as militias, these groups often include police officers.

The suspects were identified as Ronnie Lessa, a retired military police officer, and Élcio Vieira de Queiroz, a former police officer.
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