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Report on militias cites corruption

November 15, 2008|Times Wire Reports

A government report seeks the indictment of 226 people, including politicians and top police officers, for involvement in violent militias that control swaths of Rio de Janeiro's slums.

The report by a commission of Rio's state legislature says militias made up largely of corrupt police and firefighters began by offering residents protection from drug gangs but now run illegal businesses.

They have become part of Rio's violence problem, adopting tactics of intimidation and extortion similar to those used by gangs, it says.

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