The first maximum security prison in the country, built in 1988, for the most dangerous criminals in the state, the Laércio da Costa Pellegrino penitentiary, known as Bangu 1, in the Gericinó Complex, in the west, will have a new guest: the former governor Sérgio Cabral. The decision on the transfer is to be approved by the judge-inspector Bruno Rulière, from the Criminal Executions Court (VEP) this Monday, 2.
The unit that once housed Luiz Fernando da Costa, known as Fernandinho Beira-Mar, who led a rebellion in the place in 2002, lost clientele to federal prisons, but is still the most feared in the carceral system in Rio de Janeiro, as it is considered the one with the most restrictions for the fulfillment of the punishment of those who do not respect the rules. There, drug dealer Marco Antônio Pereira Firmino, known as My Thor, is still imprisoned there, one of the bosses of the biggest criminal faction in Rio, the Comando Vermelho.
Cabral goes to the unit for having been accused of having privileges in the Prison Unit of the Military Police, the former BEP, in Niterói, Metropolitan Region. In the ex-governor’s cell, there were towels embroidered with the name of Sérgio Cabral, stainless steel cutlery and a shelf with a false bottom that would have been used to hide cell phones.
During an inspection by the judges of the National Justice Council (CNJ) and the Criminal Execution Court (VEP) at the prison, two cell phones, a notebook with notes of food purchased by app, 4,000 reais and even marijuana cigarettes were seized. Six colleagues from Cabral’s unit also accused of benefiting from the benefits, including PM Lieutenant Colonel Cláudio Luiz Silva, convicted of murdering Judge Patrícia Acioli, will also be transferred to Bangu 1.
The architecture of Bangu 1 resembles that of a safe and has a capacity for 48 prisoners. The cell doors open and close only through the electronic system commanded by criminal police officers. Cabral will only be able to sunbathe for an hour, he will no longer have his own fridge, let alone use steel cutlery. In the prison curriculum of the former governor, arrested in 2016, it is expected that this will be the punishment with the fewest gaps for not being served.
On the accusations of privileges that weigh on the former governor, the defense denies and alleges that the objects were in an area common to other inmates.
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