© Reuters. A lady attends a mass marking the 1st anniversary of activist and councilwoman Marielle Franco’s murder, in Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Two former police officers had been indicted on Friday on charges of killing Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver, and will face trial in a crime that shocked Brazilians and human rights activists about the globe.

Ronnie Lessa and Elcio de Queiroz had been arrested on Tuesday, a handful of days just before the 1st anniversary of the deaths of Franco, a black, openly gay, and progressive councilwoman born in a poor Rio neighborhood, and her driver, Anderson Gomes.

Judge Gustavo Kalil, from Rio’s fourth criminal court, ordered a freeze on any assets held by the males with an eye to safeguarding compensation for relatives of the victims if the two are convicted.

Franco was a vocal critic of the Rio police for their generally-deadly gang-busting operations in the city’s slums, and took stands against the paramilitary militias created up of present and former police.

Prosecutors accuse the two former police of getting linked to the militias in Rio, and of getting received 200,000 reais ($52,459.02) for the killings.

Investigators mentioned Lessa fired the shots that killed Franco and Gomes on March 14, 2018, whilst Queiroz drove the vehicle that ambushed them.

Lessa and Queiroz have opted to stay silent in the initial court hearings. Lawyers for each say they did not commit the crimes.

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