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Police Chief in City in Which Murdered Brazil Judge Worked Is Arrested, Along with 7 Officers

Posted Sep 27, 2011 4:01 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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The head of the police department in Sao Goncalo, Brazil, has been arrested along with seven officers in connection with the murder last month of a judge, the Associated Press reports.

Patricia Acioli, who worked as a judge in Sao Goncalo, was shot to death in front of her home in Niteroi in a hail of 21 police-issue bullets. She hadn't hesitated to jail rogue police officers and had issued warrants for the arrests of some officers under the command of defendant Lt. Col. Claudio Luiz de Oliveira shortly before her death, the BBC reported.

Oliveira is the arrested chief of the Sao Goncalo police department. He apparently wasn't aware of the arrest warrants issued by Acioli.

Prosecutors contend Oliveira ordered the judge's killing to try to conceal some of his officers' involvement in another murder.

Rio de Janeiro state police oversaw the latest arrests this week of six new police suspects. Two had been arrested earlier.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Fearless About Jailing Rogue Police, Brazil Judge Was Slain in Hail of Police-Issue Bullets"

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