Marcelo Crivella Wiki – Marcelo Crivella Bio
Marcelo Crivella is the outgoing Mayor of Rio de Janeiro. He has been arrested and charged with corruption.
Four carloads of police and prosecutors arrived at the mayor’s house in the affluent Barra da Tijuca neighborhood before 6 am.
He is 63 years old.
Marcelo Crivella Arrested
Crivella, 63, was an unlikely leader for the famously libertine city, but in 2016 he surfed a wave of conservative support prompted by a massive corruption investigation to election victory. In-office, he has made headlines for breaking with tradition and distancing himself from the widely popular Carnival revelry.
Police officers arrived at Crivella’s home at 6 a.m., local TV footage showed. In September, they visited the mayor’s home and office to collect documents related to the probe.
Crivella told reporters upon his arrival at the Rio police headquarters on Tuesday that his arrest is unfair. He also linked it to his willingness to fight corporate interests and lobbyists.
“I am the mayor who most fought corruption in Rio de Janeiro,” Crivella said as he walked into police headquarters.
Investigations earlier this year showed Crivella maintained close links to Rafael Alves, a businessman who was also arrested on Tuesday.
Prosecutors later filed corruption charges against Crivella and 25 others, saying in a statement that wiretaps, seizures, witness and collaborating witness statements had revealed “a well-structured and complex criminal organization led by Crivella that had acted in city hall since 2017”.
Crivella is an evangelical bishop and former senator, who served as minister of fishing in the government of Dilma Rousseff. He is the nephew of Edir Macedo, who founded the powerful Universal Church of God evangelical church. Mauro Macedo, Edir Macedo’s cousin, and Crivella’s former campaign treasurer was also charged and arrested.
Prosecutors began investigating a “business counter” that allegedly operated inside city hall in 2019, O Globo reported in December 2019, after the money changer Sérgio Mizrahy signed a plea bargain deal. He alleged that bribes were paid to firm up city hall contracts and get outstanding debts paid.
In court documents authorizing the arrests, judge Rosa Guita said prosecutors had described Crivella as “the boss of a criminal organization the others charged participated in, installed within the scope of the Rio de Janeiro city hall with the purpose of obtaining illicit gains in the most varied ways”.
Wife And Children
He married Sylvia Jane Hodge. The couple has 3 children.