Judge says PCC finances and churches can influence electionWálter Maierovitch says that the strengthening of Brazil's largest faction and the intensification of conflicts between gangs in the can impact this year's elections.
The judge retired Walter Maierovitch (photo), dedicated to study the action of criminal organizations, states that the strengthening of the First Capital Command (PCC) and increased conflict between gangs can impact the outcome of elections this year.
Maierovitch said in an interview to 'BBC' the CCP - the largest faction of Brazil - has not yet reached the economic importance of old Italian mafia groups or Colombian cartels and Moroccan, but it has expanded its operations and is strong enough to influence the upcoming elections.
The expert mentions that there are reports that the Sao Paulo group sponsors events of churches on the outskirts of São Paulo.
According to him, criminal gangs often infiltrate the political power to make agreements that reduce police repression, or what, according to him, already takes place on the outskirts of São Paulo.
"The police will not the periphery, where the CCP operates free, light and loose. There is a law of silence on the outskirts of São Paulo ", he explained.
In a note to the site, the Secretariat of Public Security of São Paulo disputed the claim.
The president of the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE), Gilmar Mendes, and the Minister of Institutional Security Office of the President, Sérgio Etchegoyen, They have demonstrated this concern.
For both, the end of the possibility of companies to make donations to election campaigns open space for organized crime to finance candidates out.
Walter Maierovitch is Italian-Brazilian and will be candidate for deputy of the Italian Parliament in the upcoming elections, in March.