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Former police officers to face trial in murder of Rio councilwoman

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Mar 15, 2019 9:21 PM 1+ week ago

A woman attends a mass marking the first anniversary of activist and councilwoman Marielle Franco's murder, in Rio de Janeiro

A woman attends a mass marking the first anniversary of activist and councilwoman Marielle Franco's murder, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Two former police officers were indicted on Friday on charges of killing Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver, and will face trial in a crime that shocked Brazilians and human rights activists around the world.

Ronnie Lessa and Elcio de Queiroz were arrested on Tuesday, a few days before the first anniversary of the deaths of Franco, a black, openly gay, and progressive councilwoman born in a poor Rio neighborhood, and her driver, Anderson Gomes.

Judge Gustavo Kalil, from Rio's fourth criminal court, ordered a freeze on any assets held by the men with an eye to safeguarding compensation for relatives of the victims if the two ...

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