Man Involved With Selling Units in Collapsed Buildings in Rio is Arrested

The collapse of the buildings in the poor community brought to the limelight the participation of militias in the construction of irregular and illegal structures in suburban areas of Rio de Janeiro.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Rio de Janeiro police have arrested one of the men they say is criminally involved with the collapse of two buildings in the Muzema community on April 12th in the western part of the city. The failure of the buildings left 24 people dead.

Police had been looking for Rafael Gomes da Costa after an arrest warrant issued for the sale of apartments in the building that collapsed.

Costa is expected to be charged with 24 counts of qualified homicide, in addition to being investigated for money laundering and criminal . . .

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