Brazil police officers indicted in murder of Rio councilwoman

CARL DE SOUZA / AFP

Two former police officers in Brazil are set to face a criminal trial in the murder of a Rio de Janeiro councilwoman.

Ronnie Lessa and Elcio de Queiroz were arrested days before the first anniversary of the deaths of Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes.

A judge has ordered a freeze on any assets held by the men.

Before she was killed, Franco was critical of Rio's police forced for their gang-busting operations in the city’s slums.

Both Lessa and de Queiroz's lawyers say their client did not commit the crimes.

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