Hurricane Aftermath: Rio Bicheiros Lobby for Top Cop Slots

Rio: Federal judge Carreira Alvim leaves preventive custody.
He was allegedly paid off to protect business interests of organized crime — and the criminal interests of legitimate businesses. It can be hard to tell the difference, no matter what nonsense Roberto Civita is spouting.  The allegations are based on court-approved wiretaps.

Em grampo, juiz cita lobby para Cabral manter secretário (Estado de S. Paulo): The wiretaps in Operation Hurricane continue to produce a steady stream of factoids about lobbying and bribery designed to protect the illegal gambling industry.

Gambling was outlawed in 2000 by the Lei Maguito, which overturned pro-gambling provisions in an earlier law for the promotion of sports, which had been spearheaded by and named for football superlegend Pelé.

The Vilas Boas consulting firm, which advocates for the legalization of gambling, has a thorough summary of the official legislative and regulatory history here.

The Estadão, São Paulo’s oldest daily, seems to be the preferred vehicle for leaked tidbits about the contents of conversations among judges, police agents, politicians and gambling moguls in this case.

RIO – Até o governador do Rio, Sérgio Cabral Filho (PMDB), foi contatado por integrantes da suposta quadrilha acusada de negociar decisões no Judiciário em favor da máfia que explora caça-níqueis, segundo indicam conversas interceptadas por grampos da Polícia Federal, segundo o Estado desta terça-feira.

Even the governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral Filho (PMDB), was contacted by members of the alleged criminal organization accused of buying and selling judicial rulings in favor of a mafia that ran electronic gambling devices, according to conversations recorded by the Federal Police, the Estado is reporting today.

Em conversa telefônica, o juiz do Tribunal Regional do Trabalho Ernesto Luz Dória Pinto diz ao delegado federal Edson de Oliveira ter procurado o governador para pedir a manutenção de Roberto Precioso Júnior como secretário de Segurança. O diálogo foi captado de um celular usado pelo juiz.

In a telephone conversation, Regional Labor Court judge Ernesto Luz Dória Pinto told federal police official Edson de Oliveira that he had sought out the governor to ask him to keep Roberto Precioso Júnior on as state secretary of public safety. The conversation was intercepted from a cell phone used by the judge.

Gov. Cabral instead appointed a former Federal Police antinarco and antimafia specialist, Mr. Beltrame.

Beltrame, it seems to me, has supported closer state-federal cooperation and advocated an aggressive stance on ties between militias, the military police and corruption.

See Rio Security Chief on Militia Matters.

A plot to assassinate Mr. Cabral’s public health secretary was reportedly discovered after the gentleman proposed to investigate irregularities at the state medical examiner.

My conjecture at the time was that this “closer examination” implied looking more closely at police killings, in which autopsy reports can often get, ahem, conveniently misfiled.

In the May 2006 reprisals for PCC attacks on PMs in São Paulo, for example, some 30 autopsy reports went missing.

Summary extrajudicial executions of random hip hop-looking motherfuckers in a generalized and indiscriminate reprisal for the attacks are, ahem, strongly suspected.

The PM has a history of this sort of thing in various parts of Brazil.

In Rio, for example, in 1993, 21 residents of the Vigário Geral shantytown were killed at random during a BOPE invasion of the community in reprisal for the death of 4 PMs.

Governor Serra of São Paulo was also reportedly lobbied by the outgoing Alckmin-Lembo gang to retain his predecessor’s public security team, but declined.

A gravação foi feita em 23 de outubro de 2006, quando o novo governo estava em formação. Dória afirmou que “eles” tinham de lutar para o “outro” (possivelmente Precioso, diz a PF) continuar, e disse que “falou com Sérgio Cabral”.

The recording was made on October 23, 2006, when the new government was in transition. Dória stated that “they” have to fight for “the other one” (possibly Precioso, the PF says) to stay on, and said that he “talked with Sérgio Cabral.”

O governador, segundo o magistrado, disse que queriam que “empurrasse” (nomeasse) um tal de Eleautério (sic). Dória disse que, na conversa, afirmou que “Eleautério” era coronel e “nada tinha a ver” com segurança. Dória foi um dos 25 presos na Hurricane, mas foi libertado.

The governor, according to the judge, said they were trying to push a certain “Eleautério” on him. Dória said that in this confirmation, he said that “Eleautério” was a colonel and “had nothing to do” with public safety. Dŕoia was one of the 25 persons arrested in operation Hurricane, but has been released.

Aparentemente, Dória, no contato grampeado, confundiu nomes. Em outra conversa telefônica entre ele e Oliveira, também grampeada, posterior à primeira, o juiz afirmou: “Eu já soube que está correndo por fora um candidato (a secretário de Segurança) fortíssimo, um tal de Astério (Pereira, secretário de Administração Penitenciária no governo Rosinha)”. Astério foi cotado para o posto. Poderia ser, portanto, o “Eleautério”.

On the recorded call, Dória was apparently confusing names. In later conversation with Oliveira, also recorded, he said: “I already knew they had a really strong outside candidate (for Public Safety), this guy Astério (Pereira, state prisons director under Gov. Rosinha).” Astério had been cited as a candidate for the post, and may therefore be the same person as “Eleautério.”

There has a lot of speculation about what might lie behind Gov. Cabral’s surprising insistence in calling for Army troops to conduct routine police patrols in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

As I understand it at the moment, Cabral has stopped short of declaring state failure — which would have taken his current public safety official out of the command loop.

The last I read, military resources will now be used in supporting roles, but not for street patrols. The army will not patrol the streets of Rio de Janeiro.

Let me see if I can update you on that. The story sort of fizzled out, as per Brazlian journalistic SOP.

Illegal gambling and other vice rackets reportedly fund militia groups and “parapoliticians” to provide them with cover. Militia groups are made up of current and former PMs, who reportedly can earn ten times their official salary in these schemes.

My guess is that substantiating those reports will explain a whole lot of things.

I would bet that you will see this angle emerging more clearly as this affair evolves.


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