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One of Brazil's top criminal bosses on the run following a judicial mishap

Monday, October 12th 2020 - 08:20 UTC
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André Oliveira Macedo, also known as André do Rap, was released from a high security prison on Saturday - but this decision was revoked just hours later André Oliveira Macedo, also known as André do Rap, was released from a high security prison on Saturday - but this decision was revoked just hours later

One of Brazil's biggest crime bosses has gone on the run after being briefly freed from prison the previous day. André Oliveira Macedo, also known as André do Rap, was released from a high-security prison on Saturday - but this decision was revoked just hours later. He has been missing since.

Macedo is a senior member of the São Paulo-based First Command of the Capital (PCC) gang, which holds power in jails across Brazil and Paraguay and smuggles tons of cocaine into Europe.

His release was the result of a controversial order by Judge Marco Aurélio Mello, one of 11 justices on Brazil's Supreme Court.

Judge Mello granted Macedo's release from the São Paulo prison on the grounds that the amount of time he had spent in detention awaiting trial had exceeded the legal maximum. He was arrested in September 2019, and had been detained since.

After his release, Macedo was ordered to go into house arrest.

The order to release him was controversial. São Paulo state governor Joao Doria called it “an unacceptable condescension to criminals”.

Within a few hours, High Court president Luiz Fux had suspended the decision and ordered Macedo to be re-arrested and returned to prison immediately.

However, by this time he was already gone - with some local reports suggesting he fled the country.

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  • Jack Bauer

    Stupidity knows no limits....as Marco Aurelio Mello just proved....and as 7 other SC judges confirmed when they voted to overturn his ridiculous decision....

    He “'allowed”' himself to me manipulated by the PCC lawyers, who submitted 9 different habeas corpus' to the SC, until one fell on on Marco Aurelio's lap, who then rushed to grant him his freedom.........no surprise, as it's what he does.....this PCC boss was only the 80th dangerous criminal he has released during the past year....based on an absurd technicality that Bolsonaro refused to veto when sanctioning a law supposed to supress crime.

    Wonder how this affected his bank account ?

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