The family of the former governor of Rio de Janeiro Sérgio Cabral, transferred to a maximum security prison on the night of this Tuesday, 3, considers the punishment imposed on him to be “excessive and disproportionate persecution”. The former MDB chief will spend ten days in Bangu 1, a unit that houses highly dangerous prisoners, including drug lords and militia leaders – several of them incarcerated during Cabral’s administration, which generates fear in relatives of possible retaliation.
“This authoritative decision is unprecedented. How many raids were carried out by the Penal Executions Court (VEP) in various prisons, with much worse things in the jails, and this punishment was not given? Placing the former governor and colonels of the PM in Bangu 1 is absurd and characterizes an excessive and disproportionate persecution”, alleges the son. Marco Antonio Cabralnow president of the Rio de Janeiro MDB.
During the punishment, the former representative of the government of Rio will be in a cell measuring 5 square meters, without a window and without the right to sunbathe for ten days. Although family members fear possible contact with heads of the Comando Vermelho, Terceiro Comando Puro factions and the militias, he must not, according to the court decision, have direct contact with these criminals. An entire wing of Bangu 1 was reserved for Cabral, Lieutenant Colonel Cláudio Luiz Silva de Oliveira and four other detainees.
Cabral was in the Special Prison Battalion (BEP), managed by the Military Police, in Niterói. Last week, however, the VEP found a series of irregularities in the space he shared with Lieutenant Colonel Oliveira, who is serving a sentence accused of killing Judge Patrícia Acioli, murdered in 2011. towels with his name embroidered and shelves with false bottoms were found to supposedly hide cell phones, but inspectors suspect that the perks are much greater. A bag found in an area close to the cell contained two cell phones, more than 4,000 reais in cash and even marijuana cigarettes, also attributed to the politician and the policeman.
Another indication of luxury found by the Justice is a list of orders made to restaurants, including a hearty meal of 1,500 reais of Arab food. According to Cabral’s son, the restaurant would be linked to the lieutenant colonel’s family, which would free his father from guilt. “Nothing was found in the ex-governor’s cell, and he does not respond to any administrative-disciplinary process”, says Marco Antônio.
After ten days at Bangu 1, Cabral should return to the BEP, which will undergo adjustments to avoid new perks. What keeps him in prison, first detained in November 2016, are three preventive detentions that are still in effect; another two were recently taken down by the defense. In total, the former governor responds to 33 processes, whose sentences exceed 400 years.
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