Head of se­cu­rity re­signs ahead of Rio Olympics


The com­man­der of a key Olympic se­cu­rity force has stepped down and con­tracts for some ba­sic safety equip­ment have yet to be awarded, height­en­ing con­cerns about Brazil’s pre­pared­ness just four months be­fore the start of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Col. Adil­son Mor­eira re­signed and this was con­firmed by Brazil’s Jus­tice Min­istry.

Mor­eira headed one of sev­eral se­cu­rity forces in­volved in the games, the Na­tional Force for Pub­lic Se­cu­rity, which is send­ing about 10,000 po­lice and other law en­force­ment staff to Rio. The Jus­tice Min­istry de­clined to dis­close the rea­son for Mor­eira’s de­par­ture, but Brazil­ian me­dia re­ported that Mor­eira stepped down af­ter send­ing an e-mail to col­leagues that was crit­i­cal of the then Pres­i­dent Dilma Rouss­eff. Mor­eira couldn’t be reached for com­ment. Mor­eira is the sec­ond high-pro­file of­fi­cial con­nected to the games to exit in re­cent days. Brazil’s Sports Min­is­ter, Ge­orge Hil­ton, had re­signed as part of a cab­i­net reshuf­fling linked to Rouss­eff’s grow­ing po­lit­i­cal woes.

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