Brazilian Authorities Arrest Rio’s Mayor in Corruption Scheme

Brazilian authorities arrested outgoing Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella on Tuesday night for alleged involvement in a corruption scheme in city hall.

Brazilian authorities arrested outgoing Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella on Tuesday night for alleged involvement in a corruption scheme in city hall.

In a statement, Brazil’s National Police said that three businessmen, a retired police chief and Crivella’s former campaign treasurer were also arrested. The statement also detailed that all of them were charged with organized crime, money laundering and active and passive corruption.

According to TV network O Globo, Crivella was arrested at his Barra da Tijuca home in Western Rio. Before entering the police station, Crivella denied any wrongdoing and said he was a target of political persecution. When asked about his expectations after the arrest, the outgoing Rio Mayor replied, “Justice.”

Crivella, an evangelical pastor turned politician who is scheduled to leave office on January 1st after losing a reelection bid to Eduardo Paes, told reporters outside the police station he didn’t know what was going on. The head of the City Council, Jorge Felippe will assume duties while he’s in prison.


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