O site Intercept Brasil revealed, this Tuesday (23), that Ronnie Lessa, former military police officer accused of killing Marielle Franco and Anderson Gomes, reported Domingos Inácio Brazãoadvisor to the Rio de Janeiro Court of Auditors, as one of the masterminds of the attack that killed the councilwoman and her driver.
The complaint was made to the Federal Police and still needs to be approved by the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), as Brazão has a privileged jurisdiction. Lessa has been in prison since March 2019 and was convicted in July 2021 for destroying evidence about the Marielle Franco case.
On October 26, 2019, in her last act as head of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), Raquel Dodge filed a complaint with the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) that named Domingos Brazão, who is a former state deputy, as mastermind of the murder by Marielle and Anderson.
On the same occasion as the complaint against Brazão, Dodge recommended that the case be federalized. The recommendation was only accepted under the government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT), under the coordination of the former Minister of Justice and Public Security, Flávio Dino, who removed the investigation from Rio de Janeiro and transferred it to the Federal Police (PF) .
The fear of Marielle Franco’s family was that militiamen would influence the work of investigators, disrupting the progress of the investigation into the murder of the councilor, which would give criminals enough time to eliminate evidence that linked them to the execution.
Domingos Brazão was mentioned, in 2008, in the final report of the Militia CPI, which was chaired by Marcelo Freixo (PT), who was a councilor in Rio de Janeiro for PSOL at the time and who today presides over Embratur. Marielle Franco worked in the former parliamentarian’s office for ten years and, representing his mandate, worked actively on the commission.
One of the possible motivations for the crime would be, according to the investigation, the work of Freixo and Marielle in the CPI das Mílicias. The thesis was defended in May 2020, by minister Laurita Vaz, of the Superior Court of Justice, when the court debated the possible federalization of the case.
“The possibility is considered that Brazão may have acted out of revenge, considering the intervention of the then deputy Marcelo Freixo in the actions brought by the Federal Public Ministry, which culminated in his removal from the position of Counselor of the Court of Auditors of the State of Rio de Janeiro”, said the judge.
At the time of Dodge’s complaint, the then head of the General Department of Homicide and Personal Protection (DGHPP), delegate Antônio Ricardo Nunes, who was responsible for the Civil Police investigation, did not rule out the possibility that Brazão was the person behind the crime. and that he had acted out of revenge. “This is a line of investigation that we will also follow”, declared the agent.
In 2020, the case’s investigators, prosecutors and civil police officers, even identified a “militia bench” inside the Rio de Janeiro City Council. Among the parliamentarians identified was Chiquinho Brazão (União Brasil), brother of Domingos.
Chiquinho Brazão, who is now secretary of Community Actions at Rio de Janeiro City Hall, was a councilor when Marielle Franco was murdered. A Federal Police report from 2019 indicated that there was evidence of an electoral fight behind the crime.
In the document, the PF shows that Marielle Franco achieved, in the 2016 elections, a significant vote in the regions of Vargem Grande, Vargem Pequena, Recreio, Barra and Camorim, which are areas dominated by the militia and the electoral base of Chiquinho and Domingos Brazão.
Editing: Nicolau Soares
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