We took along our free copy, delivered to our door, of the Folha yesterday – I thought that would have expired long ago, but the Institute of Circulation must be making its rounds — and I gisted the following stories for my wife — a regular practice of ours because it is true what they say
Driving makes you stupid.
In the first incident, 180 military police in Osasco — a 20-minute drive from here –raided a Hooverville there in search of a high-precision sniper’s rifle used by a death squad in a murder for hire scheme business run by ex-police.
The cases noted by the Folha all involved former military police murdering current military and state judicial police.
In a related story — only in Brazil — the 79-year-old founder of Gol Airlines is arrested on fresh charges of contracting for a murder for hire — he wanted to whack a witness against him in a case of murder for hire prior to this one, in which someone actual wound up dad. The paterfamilias has returned to the jungles of Tocantins where he wages war to keep the old ways alive.
The second story was, not so much the case itself, but a source of surprise that it caused such a hullabaloo.
A very well-known and prestigious sociologist put in charge of crime statistics for the state government opened a consultancy on the side and was profiting from the sale of this confidential public property to private parties. Call him the anti-Wikileaker.
He not only said he had permission to do so, but that the idea came from a supeior. But first, out on LRP duty in the Vietnamese bush of Sambodia.
Military police internal affairs mobilized 180 men Thursday morning in Osasco in a hunt for a .223 rifle used by a death squad to kill six cops in 2009 and 2010. Among the dead were four PMs and 2 state judicial police .
During the operation, two men were arrested on suspicion of membership in a criminal faction. Six weapsons were seized, along with grenades and drugs –but not the rifle sought. All the evidence collected is being taken to Deic, an anti-organized crime division.
It used to be that GAECO battled oganized crime.
The state prosecutor had applied for an arrest warrant on ex-PM Luiz Roberto Martins Gavião, suspected of heading the criminal grouip.
The warrant request came from GAECO Guarulhos, after a wiretap indicated he was the culprit in the murder of Douglas Noaldo Yamashita, io Santo André (ABC), in April 2010.
The group that police is headed by Gavião comprises some 10 former cops and charges from R$ 30,000 to R$ 50,000 per hit.
Gavião was also partners in a security businesss with Paulo Sérgio Óppido Fleury, fired from the state police in 2010 for administrative irregularities.
Yes, he is the son of that Sérgio Fleury, the sadistic thought police chief of DOI-DOPS..
Fleury, said prosecutor Marcelo Alexandre Oliveira, is suspected of booking jobs for the group of hired killers. Fleury denies any role and says he is being “persecuted.”
Accused by Gaeco as the group’s triggerman, the ex-PM Jairo Ramos dos Santos confessed to killing Yamashita some days after the crime,when he was arrested wearing a disguise and seeking hospital treatment. He had been wounded while firing on the civil police agent.
Data Privacy and Data Privatization
Kahn’s humiliating dismissal run against the grain of a state whose official motto could be, “For our friends, anthing; for our enemies, the Law.”
Rather than, non duco ducor.
Tongues will wag about internecine strife within the ruling Social Democrats. Kahn is apparently now saying that former state security chief Saulo de Castro, now heading Transportation, advised him to set up a consultancy on the side and charge private customers for state-owned data.
Kahn was fired yesterday, after the Folha reported he was selling consulting services that made use of statstics on violence in the State.
The reliability of this information, so politically important and so statistically muddle, may not survive another scandal like this.
Kahn was hired for the post in 2003. Castro headed Public Security at the time, during the first mandate of Governor Alckmin (2003-06).
During which time the gutters ran with blood and all kinds of hinky shit got pulled.
Castro said he knew Kahn was a partner at Angra Consultoria e Representação Comercial.
Kanh confirmed that, on belalf of the Freight Shippers Syndicate o Sindicato das Empresas de Transporte de Cargas de SP he personally paid two CAP employees to research and study state figures.
These are private employees, paid by a private firm, with access to public property considered confidential. The syndicate says the contract is legal.
Castro said the partnership was formed because of the disparities between union and state figures on robbery and theft of loads.
He said that in his view the Syndicate is not a private interest but the spokesman for a group of companies..
I get hired to represent all privately owned lemonade stands in the neighborhood, but does not make me the agent of those stands.
Saulo is influential in the current Alckmin government, but has lost some juice in his traditional power center — public safety. He and safety secretary Ferreira Pinto are vying behind the scenes for influence over Alckmin.
The day before yesterday, Kahn had told this paper that creating was done at the request of the state government.
He said it was suggested as a way of supplementing his monthly government salary of R$ 5.000..
Fees of from $R20,000 to $30,000 were mentioned for these private reports.
It costs about as much to commit mayhem as to measure it, it seem.
So many scandals of this sort have been quashed in the past — not even the ex-mayor who set aside lots of municipal debt paper for himself and cronies was ever tried, much less convicted.
The Folha and Estadão seem to have undertaken a minor crusade since the scandal over the federal district governor.
Good for them. Both are at their best when standing up for the taxpayer.
I expect a mild epidemic of cases similar to those seen recently in Rio — where the state police chief resigned and was arrested for racketeering.
Everybody knows it but is simply afraid to say it.
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