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Cablegate: Sao Paulo Police Accused of Crimes Against Pcc Leaders

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SUBJECT: SAO PAULO POLICE ACCUSED OF CRIMES AGAINST PCC LEADERS

REF: 06 SP 573 and previous
1. (SBU) Summary: As the second anniversary of organized criminal
violence in Sao Paulo approaches (reftels), an investigation has
uncovered evidence of possible civil police misconduct related to
the First Capital Command (PCC) criminal gang. Two investigators
have been accused of illicit wiretapping, kidnapping, and extortion,
and a senior state public security official has submitted his
resignation. While the administration of Governor Jose Serra has
received generally high marks for its tough anti-crime stance,
experts have expressed concern that the PCC continues to operate on
the streets and in the state penitentiaries and that another
outbreak of violence is only a matter of time. End Summary.

2. (U) On May 14, 2006, the First Capital Command (PCC) launched a
series of attacks against police and simultaneous uprisings in 71
state prisons. The apparent trigger was an attempt by state
corrections officials to disrupt PCC operations in the prisons by
moving the group's incarcerated leaders to isolated and secure
facilities. PCC members on furlough for the weekend attacked police
stations, burned buses and buildings, and shot officers on duty.
(Note: It is standard practice across Brazil to furlough prisoners
on Mothers' Day weekend and a few other holidays. End note.)
Police responded with additional force and more firepower against
the criminals. The wave of violence in the streets lasted the
better part of a week and resulted in more than 100 dead, including
more than 40 law enforcement officials. There were occasional small
flare-ups over the next few months.

3. (U) As the second anniversary of the violence approaches, an
investigation has uncovered evidence of misconduct by police
responsible for combating the gang. On April 30, a group of
prosecutors in Guarulhos (greater Sao Paulo), the Special Group for
Action and Repression of Organized Crime (GAERCO), ordered the
arrest of Civil Police investigators Augusto Pena and Jose Roberto
Araujo. The two are suspected of being the leaders of a gang that
specializes in the blackmail and extortion of PCC members and their
families. According to the accusations, Pena and Araujo used
official information they had accessed through wiretapped telephone
conversations to extort money from the PCC members. In the most
serious accusation, both of the investigators and their team are
considered responsible for the 2005 kidnapping of the stepson of PCC
leader Marcos Willians Herbas Camacho, aka "Marcola." According to
the prosecutors, Marcola paid 300,000 Reals (approximately USD
140,000) for the release of his stepson. The investigation also
found that the gang used forged documents to request judicial orders
to conduct wiretaps of PCC members and then used the information
obtained for blackmail, extortion, robbery, and bribery.

4. (U) On May 6, Deputy State Secretary for Public Security Lauro
Malheiros Neto submitted his resignation to the Governor following
allegations that he used his influence to help Augusto Pena get
desirable assignments and also received money from Pena's illicit
activities. Malheiros denied wrongdoing but said that he couldn't
carry out his functions under a cloud of suspicion. The
investigation continues.

5. (SBU) Comment: Allegations of police misconduct are not uncommon
in Sao Paulo. Not long ago, Governor Jose Serra was forced to
acknowledge the existence of death squads in the state military
police. The notion that some members of the police might be playing
dirty with the gang is troubling but not surprising. Where the
current investigation will lead remains to be seen. The PCC has
been keeping a relatively low profile lately but remains a
formidable force in the state. Some security experts believe it is
only a matter of time, and the right (or wrong) provocation, before
the group unleashes another wave of violence. End Comment.

6. (U) This cable was coordinated with and cleared by Embassy
Brasilia.
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