Amnesty says lack of progress over death of Franco in Rio in March shows ‘incompetence’ of Brazil’s criminal justice system

Four months after the unsolved murder of black Rio de Janeiro councillor and human rights defender Marielle Franco, Amnesty International has called for independent monitoring of the police investigation, saying that the lack of progress in the case demonstrated the “incompetence” of Brazil’s criminal justice system.

Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes were shot dead on 14 March after leaving a public meeting. The crime prompted protests across Brazil, as well as international condemnation and calls for an independent investigation that have so far been ignored.

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