Weekly Report - 17 June 2021 (WR-21-24)

BRAZIL: Top criminal leader dies

Wellington da Silva Braga, better known as ‘Ecko’, was one of Brazil’s most wanted men. His head had the highest price tag of any criminal in Rio de Janeiro state, where he had overseen the expansion of the criminal group he led into the state’s largest and most notorious ‘milícia’. Ecko died after resisting arrest on 12 June, leaving the door open to violent power struggles and turf wars in the territories he controlled.

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