Court Finds 12 Police Officers in Rio Guilty of Robbery and Extortion

The PMs were convicted of receiving R$300,000 from a Ilha do Governador drug trafficking gang to free two of their members that had been arrested.

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Four years after a group of Rio police officers were arrested for kidnapping two alleged drug traffickers for R$300,000 ransom, Judge Ana Paula Monte Figueiredo Pena Barros condemned ex-Lieutenant-Colonel Dayzer Corpas Maciel to twenty years in prison, and the other defendants to sentences ranging from 11 to 24 years.

According to charges made by the Special Action Group to Combat Organized Crime (GAECO) of the Public Prosecutor's Office and by the Public Prosecutor's Office on March 16th, 2014, Policia Militar (PM, or military police) extorted . . .

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