Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Brazil police held in graft probe

Nearly 60 Brazilian police officers have been arrested in a crackdown on alleged corruption in the Rio de Janeiro force

Dozens of Brazilian police officers have been arrested in a crackdown on alleged corruption in the Rio de Janeiro state police force.

Operation Purification is the result of a year of investigation.

Of 65 wanted officers, 59 were arrested.

There are also warrants for 18 alleged drug traffickers of whom 11 have been arrested so far, said security officials.

Among the charges against the officers are that they have been taking monthly bribes from the Red Command, Rio's most powerful drug trading organisation.

Other charges include racketeering, kidnapping and extortion stemming from officers allegedly kidnapping drug dealers and holding them for ransom.

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