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Brazilian paramilitaries accused of murdering Rio councillor
2018/04/18

  RIO DE JANEIRO, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Investigation in the murder of Rio de Janeiro councillor Marielle Franco in March indicated that the crime was carried out by paramilitary groups, Minister of Public Security Raul Jungmann announced Monday.

  In an interview with CBN radio, Jungmann said that the investigation showed the "most probably hypothesis is the involvement of the militias."

  Marielle Franco, councillor of the left-wing Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) in Rio de Janeiro, was assassinated on March 14 in the center of the city when the vehicle she was traveling in was struck by another car and shot at.

  The driver Anderson Gomes also died, while one of Franco's advisors survived, who became a key witness but fled the country for fear of being targeted.

  The murder of Franco, aged 38 and known for her fight against inequality and discrimination, deeply moved Brazil and led the UN to call on authorities to find those responsible.

  While the investigators did not reveal details about the case, paramilitary groups are usually made up of former police officers or corrupt cops. They control diverse areas of Rio de Janeiro, and operate much like classic organized crime gangs.

  Marking a month since Franco was murdered, thousands of people went to the streets of Rio on Saturday and demanded justice.

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