Find out who Maxwell Simões is, arrested in an operation investigating the death of Marielle and Anderson

Arrested in a Federal Police operation investigating the murder of councilor Marielle Franco (PSOL) and driver Anderson Gomes, former firefighter Maxwell Simões Correa, known as Suel, had already been arrested in 2020 and sentenced to four years in prison “for deliberately disrupting” investigations.

According to investigations by the Rio Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Federal Police, on March 13, 2019, the day after the arrests of former police officers Ronnie Lessa and Élcio de Queiroz, who were accused of committing the crimes, Maxwell allegedly helped hide firearms for restricted use and accessories belonging to Ronnie, which were stored in an apartment in the Pechincha neighborhood used by the former police officer and in still unknown locations.

According to the investigation, Maxwell ceded the vehicle used to store the vast arsenal belonging to Ronnie, between March 13 and 14, 2019, so that the weaponry was subsequently discarded on the high seas.

In 2020, he was arrested on charges of trying to obstruct the investigation. The following year, he was convicted on the same charges.

“The obstruction of justice practiced by the accused, along with the other four defendants, considerably harmed the ongoing investigations and the criminal action launched at the time of the ‘Submersus’ operation, insofar as it frustrated compliance with a court order, preventing the seizure of the vast arsenal of weapons hidden there and making the progress of the investigations unfeasible. friendship with those accused of the crimes and with the denounced Josinaldo Lucas Freitas and José Márcio Mantovano”, highlighted the official note about the operation.

The decision was handed down by the Judgment of the 19th Criminal Court of the District of the Capital, informed the MPRJ, in a note at the time.

A year after the first arrest, in February 2021, Justice sentenced the former firefighter to four years in prison. Judge Carlos Eduardo Carvalho de Figueiredo, of the 19th Criminal Court, authorized the execution of the sentence in an open regime and ordered Maxwell to provide services to the community.

After being cited as a suspect in the Marielle Franco case, Maxwell was expelled from the Rio Fire Department in May last year. He was subject to disciplinary proceedings.

Maxwell’s defense appealed the decision. In January of this year, Judge Bruno Monteiro Rulière, of the 1st Specialized Court of Criminal Organization in the Comarca da Capital, responded to one of the requests made by the defense and converted his pre-trial detention into house arrest for 30 days.

According to his lawyers, the firefighter needed surgery to remove a stone in his gallbladder: “As the data produced confirm and there are accentuated difficulties in health treatment in the prison system, exceptionally in the present case, it is necessary to grant temporary house arrest, only and with a view to carrying out the treatment in a particular way, as a way of safeguarding the life, health and physical integrity of the defendant”.

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