Rio’s Legislature Begins New Term With Six Members in Jail

Among the representatives being sworn in are three women who were former advisors of Marielle Franco, the councilwoman shot to death in March of 2018.

 By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Representatives of the Rio de Janeiro Assembly will being sworn in today for the upcoming four-year term, but six of the seventy members will be unable to attend the ceremony because they are in jail, accused of corruption. On Thursday, a state court denied the request that the six be allowed to attend the swearing in ceremony at the Assembly building.

"It is absolutely incompatible with the preventive detention ordered, especially due to the motives (for the incarceration) and the risk of repetition (of the crime) which resulted from . . .

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