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Brazil crime gang threatens 'World Cup terror'

A feared organized crime syndicate based in Brazil has threatened to launch terror-style attacks during the World Cup and presidential elections next year, a daily newspaper reported Tuesday. The so-called First Command of the Capital gang, which is led from inside prisons in Sao Paulo state, vowed to unleash a "World Cup of terror" if its chiefs are transferred and isolated in other jails, the report said.

Brazil crime gang threatens 'World Cup terror'

Brazil's powerful PCC crime syndicate has threatened to launch terror-style attacks during the World Cup and presidential polls next year, the daily O Estado de Sao Paulo reported Tuesday. The so-called First Command of the Capital, which operates from jails in Sao Paulo state, vowed to unleash a "World Cup of terror" if its chiefs are transferred and isolated in other prisons. O Estado's report followed its revelation last week of details of an extensive report by Sao Paulo state prosecutors on PCC activities.

Brazil crime outfit has nearly 10,000 members, authorities say

Sao Paulo, Oct 11 (EFE).- Brazil's largest criminal organization has almost 10,000 members - including 6,000 behind bars - and annual revenues of roughly $54.8 million, O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper said Friday, citing a report from prosecutors. The information on the First Command of the Capital, or PCC, was compiled by the organized crime unit of the Sao Paulo state Attorney General's Office. The document draws heavily on intercepted telephone conversations between reputed PCC boss Marco Camacho, a.k.a. "Marcola," and his subordinates.

Brazil's top prison gang runs $60 million crime trade

Brazil's powerful PCC prison gang runs a nationwide criminal business worth $60 million a year with operations extending into neighboring Bolivia and Paraguay, according to an official report disclosed Friday. The so-called First Command of the Capital, whose leaders operate from jails in Sao Paulo state, is present in 22 of the country's 26 states as well as in the Federal District (Brasilia). It is regarded as one of the country's top crime syndicates.

Brazil police sentenced for prison 'massacre'

Twenty-three Brazilian police officers were sentenced to 156 years in jail each on Sunday for their role in the killing of 111 inmates during Brazil's deadliest prison uprising in 1992. The 23 were among 26 military officers on trial before the Sao Paulo state tribunal. The three others were cleared. The officers, most of them now retired, were accused of killing 15 prisoners in Sao Paulo's Carandiru prison during the operation to quell the revolt on October 2, 1992, which came to be known as the "Carandiru massacre."

Elite police units deployed in restive southern Brazil

Elite police commando units fanned out across the streets of southern Brazil on Saturday, in a bid to contain a wave of violent attacks over the past two weeks. The attacks -- allegedly ordered by criminal gangs from within Brazil's prisons -- have seen buses and private passenger cars torched and police fired upon in some 30 towns and cities in Santa Catarina state since January 30. "With the support of the national police force, we have launched Operation Secure Santa Catarina," state military police spokesman Joao Carlos Neves said.

Elite police units deployed in restive southern Brazil

Elite police commando units fanned out on streets of southern Brazil Saturday, in an effort to contain a wave of violent attacks over the past two weeks, authorities said. The attacks -- allegedly ordered by criminal gangs from within Brazil's prisons -- have seen buses and private passenger cars torched and police fired upon in some 30 cities in the state of Santa Catarina since January 30. "With the support of the National Police Force, we have launched Operation Secure Santa Catarina, Joao Carlos Neves, spokesman for the state's military police force.

Brazil inmates complaining of violence order street attacks

Prisoners complaining of violence behind bars ordered a wave of attacks out on the streets in southern Brazil over the past two weeks, officials said Friday as police reinforcements began arriving. The state of Santa Catarina has seen buses torched and police fired on in some 30 cities since January 30. Authorities say the violence has been masterminded by prison-based crime gangs demanding better living conditions for inmates.
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