Recent corruption charges of president’s son, Flávio Bolsonaro, and links to militias lead to a shocking possibility: Involvement in the murder of Rio councilwoman Marielle Franco

Flávio e Jair Bolsonaro
Flávio e Jair Bolsonaro
Flávio Bolsonaro ao lado do pai Jair
Flávio Bolsonaro, left, at the side of his father, President Jair Bolsonaro

Note from BW of BrazilNeedless to say, there have been some very interesting developments involving one of the sons of Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro. Having run on a platform in which one his main talking points for which the Brazilian people should trust and vote for him to take the country in a new direction was his declaration that he would fight against the endemic corruption that has affected Brazilian politics for so long. To be completely honest, my personal view is that most politicians are corrupt to the core and given Brazil’s history, I don’t know how anyone could believe that any government on the federal level could consist of individuals with clean records. I mean really, you guys fell for this rhetoric again?

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“In 6 months, no one will admit having voted for Bolsonaro” – Eduardo Guimarães

With all of the fervor that swept the controversial Jair Bolsonaro into the Palácio do Planalto, I began to wonder if journalist Eduardo Guimarães didn’t have a point when he said that, within six months, no one will admit that they voted for Bolsonaro. It was certainly beginning to look that way when the President-Elect began choosing members of his Ministry. Of the 22 tapped by Bolsonaro, at least 6 were being investigated for corruption, money laundering or impropriety. 

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Exame magazine headline from December 15, 2018: “Cases of ministers and son challenge anti-corruption image of Bolsonaro – In addition to Flávio Bolsonaro, at least six ministers of the future government are under investigation for corruption, money laundering or impropriety.”

As such, it should come as no surprise that many people were disappointed with Bolsonaro’s choices given his promise to have a government on the up and up. By the end of October, one Twitter profile, Jair Me Arrependi, meaning Jair, I regret, already had nearly 55,000 followers in which it received expressions of regret from Bolsonaro voters regularly. One tweet expressed the disappointment of many for Bolsonaro’s possible selection of federal deputy Alberto Fraga to a position in his ministry. One tweet summed up the sentiments of many people: “Isn’t Alberto Fraga corrupt as hell? I voted for you to end this (…) The population is on your side, don’t spit in our faces.” In the end, even though Fraga didn’t make the final cut, there are still six others under investigation. 

But even with all of this going on, including the case involving his son, there is one accusation that is perhaps the hottest of them all. Figure this. In comments over the past few years leading up to his eventual election, Jair Bolsonaro made it clear that he had no love for women, favela residents, black quilombolas and the LGBT community. Bolsonaro infuriated hundreds of thousands with his hate filled comments of these groups, but went beyond shocking when he said he would give Military Police a blank check to kill more than the thousands it already killed on a yearly basis as it is. Remember, this is the same man who said the brutal Military Dictatorship made a mistake by not killing more people under its 21-year reign from 1964 to 1985. The current president also made clear his admiration of death squads that were responsible for the murder of thousands of black Brazilians in recent decades.

So with all of this on the record, would it not be fitting that recent connections found between his son and militia groups could possibly lead to a very scandalous possibility: A possible link between the Bolsonaros and the still unsolved murder of Rio councilwoman Marielle Franco that shocked the world nearly one year ago? I’ll be real; given his hate-filled comments since he entered Brazilian politics, I wouldn’t be shocked if there were absolutely no connections or if all roads lead to Bolsonaro’s doorstep.

Check the stories below and come to your own conclusions.

Flávio e Jair Bolsonaro
Flávio and Jair Bolsonaro

The link between Flávio Bolsonaro and the militia investigated for the death of Marielle

Operação Intocáveis (Operation Untouchable) looks for militiaman whose mother and wife worked in the office of the then state deputy. Son of the President says appointments were made by Queiroz, who confirmed information

By Gil Alessi

Raimunda Veras Magalhães and Danielle Mendonça da Costa da Nóbrega. The two women are the link between senator-elect Flávio Bolsonaro and the militia group Escritório do Crime (Crime Office), one of Rio’s most powerful. The group is also suspected of involvement in the murder of Marielle Franco and Anderson Gomes on March 14, 2018. According to O Globo newspaper, Raimunda and Danielle are respectively the mother and wife of Captain Adriano Magalhães da Nóbrega, commonly known as Gordinho, deemed by the Public Ministry of Rio de Janeiro as one of the leaders of the Escritório do Crime. The two were placed in the office of then-State Representative Flávio in the Rio Legislative Assembly, but the president’s son says he was not responsible for the nominations.

Adriano, who is a fugitive, was one of the targets of  Operação Intocáveis (Operation Untouchables), held on Tuesday (January 22) by a task force of the Civil Police and the Public Ministry. Five suspects were arrested in the militia that operated in the communities of Rio das Pedras and Muzema. In addition to the alleged involvement in the murder of Marielle and Anderson, the group is accused of extortion of residents and merchants, loan sharking, bribery and land grabbing.

Among the detainees is the Major of the Military Police Ronald Paulo Alves Pereira, known as Tartaruga, who will go to popular jury in the case of the Via Show slaughter, which occurred in 2003. Despite this, in 2004 the deputado Flávio Bolsonaro proposed a “mention of praise and congratulations” to the then captain Pereira. Adriano was also honored. Both Ronald and Adriano were heard in 2018 by the Homicide Precinct as part of the Marielle case investigations.

Although the focus of Tuesday’s action is to combat militias, the operation should further erode the Bolsonaro clan’s firstborn in the Queiroz case. This is because, in addition to being related to a suspect in the death of Marielle and Anderson, Raimunda is mentioned in the report of the Financial Activities Control Council as being responsible for part of the deposits made in the account of the former driver Fabrício Queiroz. She and Danielle were exempted from Flavio’s office on November 13, according to the Diário Oficial.

In a statement, Flávio claimed he was “the victim of a defamatory campaign aimed at reaching the Government of Jair Bolsonaro.” According to him, “the employee who appears in the report of the Coaf (Council for Control of Financial Activities) was hired by appointment of the former advisor Fabrício Queiroz.” According to the senator, he cannot “be held accountable for acts I don’t know.” Hours later, Queiroz himself confirmed, by means of a note issued by his defense, that the indication for hiring came from him, an act of solidarity with the family,” which was going through great difficulty, because at the time he [Adriano Nóbrega] was unjustly imprisoned, by reason of an auto de resistência (act of resistance).”

This is not the first time that the Bolsonaro clan has been involved in the discussion about militias. In 2008, when he was still a federal deputy, Jair even defended the actions of these criminal groups in the Chamber plenary. “There’s a militia that has nothing to do with ‘gatonet’ (arranging illegal cable TV) and gas sales. Because he earns $850 a month, which is how much a PM or firefighter gets, and has his own gun, he organizes security in his community,” he said. On another occasion, that same year, the reserve captain was even more direct: “They provide security and in this way manage to maintain order and discipline in the communities. It’s what’s called a militia. The government should support them because it cannot fight drug traffickers.”

Queiroz is quoted in the Coaf report after an atypical movement in the amount of 1.2 million reais in his account between 2016 and 2017 was identified. It is a value incompatible with his salaries as parliamentary adviser according to the body. According to him, the value would be the result of buying and selling of used cars. After the case surfaced, Flávio’s former driver disappeared. According to Globo columnist, Lauro Jardim, he was sheltered for two weeks in a house in the Rio das Pedras community, where the target militia of Operação Intocáveis acted.

In recent days Coaf documents released by the Jornal Nacional (Globo TV news program) point out that Flávio made a millionaire payment of a bank security, in addition to having received 96,000 reais paid in cash, in several deposits of 2,000 reais. He says that the title refers to the payment of a property acquired in the plant, and that the deposits are the result of the sale of an apartment – the buyer, Flávio Guerra, confirms the purchase. According to him, the option to make several deposits at the ATM was made to avoid “getting in a line” at the bank branch.

The report was unable to contact the defendants’ defense.

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Is there a connection between Flávio Bolsonaro, and slain Rio councilwoman Marielle Franco?

Flávio Bolsonaro, the militias and the blood of Marielle Franco.

By Carlos Fernandes

The situation of the son of President Jair Bolsonaro, the senator-elect Flávio Bolsonaro, worsens with every sunrise.

If it’s not enough of the obvious links with the money laundering scheme of his former advisor Fabrício Queiroz, the information that the then state deputy had employed in his office the mother and the wife of one of those sought after in an operation against militiamen of the Rio, brings to his already extensive record of investigation, an even more serious suspicion.

Ardent defenders of uniformed murderers, it’s not new that the Bolsonaro family encourages and praises the criminal activities of police officers involved in extermination groups across the country.

This, however, is the first time that such a close connection has been discovered between a Bolsonaro and one, now a fugitive from justice, high-ranking militia leader.

The captain of the PM Adriano Magalhães da Nóbrega, whose whereabouts at this moment is unknown, was denounced in the Operação Intocáveis (Operation Untouchables) started on the Tuesday morning (22) for crimes of land squatting and militia formation in the community of Rio das Pedras, one of the many that took over the capital of Rio de Janeiro and, curiously, the same one in which Fabrício Queiroz hid in the early stages.

That a parliamentarian has connections with a subject that holds such credentials is already a complete demoralization, that this same politician finances his criminal activities when employing the mother and the wife, via payment with public money, is the demoralization of the politics itself.

In an official note, the excuse, as always, could not have been more cynical. Among the nonsense, he says that the appointments were made exclusively by his friend and former advisor Fabrício Queiroz and that, therefore, he cannot be held responsible for acts of which he is unaware.

To say that you don’t know and that you don’t have any responsibility for your own advisors that you hire in your office is the daily slap on taxpayers in general and particularly to your constituents.

The excuse would already be too lame if Flávio Bolsonaro himself were not the author of a Motion of Praise and Congratulations to the subject in question.

This motion, moreover, was also granted to Major Ronald Paulo Alves, another militiaman denounced for participation in the same crimes. He was duly arrested in the operation of this Tuesday.

As can be seen, Flávio not only owns his pet thugs but also decorates them publicly.

Everything would already be a true political and criminal horror film if all the connections didn’t lead to a question that is already approaching a year without any satisfactory answer:

Who killed Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes?

In the midst of all the doubts that hang over this brutal slaughter, a single truth imposes itself: the two murders are directly linked to the activities of militiamen.

At the behest of those militiamen who acted is an issue that until now the State has only given us the vague, but suggestive, information: “of powerful politicians”.

As homework, the question arises as to who would be the most powerful politicians in Brazil today, who has influence in the military area to deliberately impede the investigations and which one have more aversion to everything Marielle did and represented as a woman, homosexual, feminist, activist, combative and of the left.

Everything, of course, is still too early for any conclusions, but I wonder why so many efforts were made not only by the Bolsonaro family, but by many PSL politicians in denigrating, defaming and discrediting all the work Marielle had been doing in the communities of Rio de Janeiro.

The enraged hate of Bolsonista thugs in destroying street signs that honor Marielle may be far beyond the simple but already very dangerous, imbecility of people who don’t support a woman who came from the favela and took to the front a whole political system completely corrupted and criminal.

Source: El País Brasil, DCM

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