Conceição family attack suspects cannot be arrested

The two men identified by the PSP as the main suspects in the stoning of Sérgio Conceição’s family car cannot be detained. The law does not allow the issuance of arrest warrants for minor offenses and as such only defendants can be constituted, without the application of coercive measures, beyond the simple Term of Identity and Residence.

According to information collected by the JN, the PSP gathered evidence to charge crimes of attacks and threats, in addition to possible attacks on physical integrity, such as attempt. According to the Penal Code, these offenses do not allow the application of the coercive measure of preventive detention and, as such, arrest warrants cannot be issued outside the act of commission of a crime. They could only have been arrested if they had been caught red-handed on the evening of the attack.

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