André Oliveira Macedo, also known as André do Rap, was discharged from a high-security jail on Saturday – but this decision was revoked just hours later. He has been missing since.
His release was the outcome of a contentious command by Judge Marco Aurélio Mello, one of 11 justices on Brazil’s Supreme Court.
Judge Mello allowed Macedo’s discharge from the São Paulo prison on the grounds that the amount of time he had spent in confinement expecting trial had surpassed the legal maximum. He was captured in September 2019 and had been restrained since. After his release, Macedo was ordered to go into house arrest. The order to release him was controversial. São Paulo state governor João Doria called it “an unacceptable condescension to criminals”.
Within a few hours, High Court president Luiz Fux had suspended the decision and ordered Macedo to be re-arrested and returned to prison immediately. However, by this time he was already gone – with some local reports suggesting he fled the country.
Investigators in São Paulo have not provided details on the search.