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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Federal Supreme Court (STF) decided to uphold Justice Edson Fachin's individual decision to restrict police operations in Rio de Janeiro's communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. The vote was closed at midnight and conducted electronically in the Court's online plenary.

By 9 votes to 2, the Supreme Court ratified Fachin's decision to restrict operations. On June 5th, the Justice had granted the temporary restraining order sought by the PSB (Brazilian Socialist Party).

Under the ruling, incursive operations may be launched only in exceptional cases. The police must still justify the measures . . .

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