The Specialized Action Group to Combat Organized Crime (Gaeco), of the Public Ministry of the State of Rio de Janeiro (MPRJ), carried out today (27) an operation to investigate acts of corruption practiced in the extinct Undersecretariat of Sanitary Surveillance of the City, currently Instituto Health Surveillance, Zoonosis Surveillance and Agricultural Inspection (Ivisa), from the end of 2017 to the beginning of 2018.
According to the MPRJ, all seven search and seizure warrants were carried out at addresses linked to five people, such as the City Council of Aldermen and Ivisa. Among the suspects are councilor Marcelo Arar (PTB) and an Ivisa-Rio leader.
In a note sent to Brazil Agency through the press office, the parliamentarian said that he will provide all clarifications and that he trusts the justice system. “The role of the councilor is to help improve the lives of citizens, brokering solutions and providing guidance on any type of problem related to the municipal government. If there was any irregularity on the part of any Executive agent, I have no interference or responsibility over him. I have a clean and transparent public life, I trust the institutions and the justice system and I will provide all the necessary clarifications as soon as we have access to the file,” he added.
The Municipal Health Department of Rio reported that “the Institute of Sanitary Surveillance is collaborating with the investigations and monitoring the progress and conclusion of the case”.
The operation was supported by the Security and Intelligence Coordination of the Public Ministry of Rio de Janeiro, the Treasury Department, the Civil Police and the Military Police.