Rio Issues Arrest Warrants For Men Linked to Collapse of Buildings

Since the morning of April 12th, when the two buildings collapsed, more than one hundred firemen, with rescue dogs and special equipment have been working to find the victims believed to be under the rubble.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Rio police authorities have issued arrest warrants for three people linked to the collapse of two buildings earlier which caused the death of twenty people.

Builder José Bezerra Lira and real estate agents Rafael Costa and Renato Ribeiro were identified by residents of the Muzema favela community as being responsible for the construction and the sale of the apartments in the two buildings that collapsed.

“We asked for the arrest of these three, who were effectively recognized, as the builder and two sellers (of buildings)," police chief Adriana Belem was . . .

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