Adalberon de Moraes

07.05.2016 ( Last modified: 20.02.2018 )
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Adalberon de Moraes is the ex-mayor of the city of Satuba, located in the metropolitan region of Maceió in the Brazilian state of Alagoas. In March 2013 he was convicted for ordering the kidnapping, torture and murder of Professor Paulo Bandeira, who died in June 2003.

Bandeira went missing on 2 June 2003 after having received a call from Profesora Josefa Silva Costa school asking him to go to the town hall. Bandeira was subsequently kidnapped, tortured, tied up and burnt alive in his car. The police discovered the vehicle at the roadside two days after he had gone missing.

Bandeira was killed for having reported the de Moraes’, then mayor, embezzlement of money from The Fund for Maintenance and Development of the Fundamental Education and Valorisation of Teaching (FUNDEF). This resulted in the federal police carrying out an investigation against de Moraes.

Before being murdered, the victim had written a letter and recorded himself to document the threats he had been receiving from de Moraes.

De Moraes, one of the most powerful, rich and influential politicians in the state of Alagoas, was put on trial alongside Ananias de Lima and Geraldo Augusto Santos Silva, two military police officers who were accused of carrying out the crime.

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De Moraes, one of the most powerful, rich and influential politicians in the state of Alagoas, was put on trial alongside Ananias de Lima and Geraldo Augusto Santos Silva, two military police officers who were accused of carrying out the crime.

The federal court had already sentenced de Moraes to 63 years in prison for the embezzlement of funds from the FUNDEF and for other corruption related crimes. He fled the state of Alagoas to live in Sao Paulo but was captured in 2012 and brought back to Alagoas.

The most concrete pieces of evidence used in the trial were Bandeira’s letter and the recordings. In these recordings he reported the irregularities and corruption carried out by de Moraes, in particular the embezzlement of state funds from the FUNDEF and the threats he received from the mayor. Furthermore, in the vicinity of the murder, the police found a bottle of alcohol from the same batch and brand as was in the school where Bandeira worked.

After a four day trial the jury announced their decision, which resulted in the conviction of all those accused. De Moraes, who was considered the mastermind of the crime, was sentenced to 34 years and 4 months in a closed prison for having ordered the murder of Professor Bandeira. The two military police officers, Ananias Oliveira and Geraldo Augusto were sentenced to 31 years and 28 years and 8 months in prison, respectively. After the announcement of their sentences, the lawyers of the accused stated that they would appeal to a higher court.

As de Moraes is already carrying out a sentence for embezzlement of public funds and other crimes of corruption, he does not have the right to a reduction of his sentence for having organised the murder of Bandeira.