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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The governor of Amazonas, José Melo, announced on Tuesday that it was removing the temporary director of Manaus’ Anísio Jobim Penitentiary Complex (COMPAJ), José Carvalho da Silva, from office for an indefinite period.

The move comes after news that two weeks before the massive prison riot that left 56 dead, inmates had told the state court that directors were receiving money to allow weapons, drugs and cellular phones to be smuggled into the prison.

“They are corrupt and receive money from the criminal faction, facilitating the entry of drugs . . .

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