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Police Chief Fernando Segóvia to Take Office as Director of Brazil's Federal Police

11/09/2017 - 11h54

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DANIELA LIMA
EDITOR OF "PAINEL" SECTION
MARINA DIAS
GUSTAVO URIBE
FROM BRASÍLIA

The President of Brazil, Michel Temer, has chosen the new general director of the country's Federal Police: police chief Fernando Segóvia. He will substitute Leandro Daiello, who has been the head of the Federal Police for nearly seven years.

The appointment was confirmed in an official statement disclosed on Wednesday afternoon, November 8.

On Sunday, November 5, Folha 's "Painel" section disclosed that Segóvia had been analyzed by the Minister of Justice, Torquato Jardim, and Temer himself since the previous weekend.

The Minister of Justice tried to disconnect his image from a possible appointment of Segóvia, as the latter had been rejected by Daiello; also politicians say Segóvia is connected to former president José Sarney (PMDB-AP).

Torquato even held a lunch meeting in a public place with the Federal Police's No. 2, Rogério Galloro, who was also a candidate and Daiello's favorite option to occupy the position. Minister Torquato's goal was to end what he called "rumors" about his alleged preference for Segóvia.

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The new general director of the country's Federal Police: police chief Fernando Segóvia
The new general director of the country's Federal Police: police chief Fernando Segóvia

Segóvia is seen as a palatable name in the political arena and allegedly sought support in the government as well as in congress. He has the support of five entities that represent members of the Federal Police: Fenadepol (National Federation of Federal Chief Police Officers) and organizations that represent agents, fingerprint specialists and criminal experts.

The choice, however, does not mean there is consensus inside the Federal Police. The ADPF (National Association of Federal Chief Police Officers) does not recognize the legitimacy of the triple list that led to the appointment of Segóvia.

In addition to Segóvia and Galloro, Luiz Pontel de Souza was also considered to substitute Daiello, who claims he is overworked.

Translated by THOMAS MUELLO

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