Photo: O Dia, Rio de Janeiro
Rio – State judicial police internal affairs director Gilson Emiliano Soares arrived early this morning at the state police anti-organized crime squad, DRACO. He was taking part in a raid on the unit alongside other police, one day after the state police chief, Allan Turnowski, ordered the unit closed after receiving allegations that DRACO officers were engaged in illegal activity and had closed some cases in return for pay-offs..
Police from the SWAT team, CORE, are standing guard at the door of DRAC, and no one is allowed in or out, to avoid destruction and theft of evidence.
Soares says Turnowski was also told that DRACO officers had closed cases related to business interests and city government.In this morning’s raid, agents are gathering documents, computers, files and incident repots that might reflect these violations..
DRACO chief Cláudio Ferraz is also taking part in the raid. Under his command, the unit has been credited with the arrest of more than 700 “militia” members, most of them fellow judicial and military pollicemen. He is a trusted adviser of state public safety secretary José Mariano Beltrame, and will be named this week to head the secretariate’s counterintelligence branch..
According to Turnowski, the closing down of DRACE was his own decision, which was then communicated to Beltrame.
The activity stems from the federal police operation Guillotine, which has now arrested 38 of 45 wanted suspects — – including judicial and military police.
Reports that bribes of R$100,000 were being paid had suggested that very high-ranking officers could be involved. .
One would expect some parallel operations would begin to take place in São Paulo, which is in no way a more law-abiding city than Rio.