September 30, 2002
Case: Domingos Sávio Brandão Lima Júnior
Founder, owner and president of the newspaper Folha do Estado and of Rádio Cidade Cuiabá FM, Cuiabá, Mato Grosso.
Around 3:30 p.m. he was leaving the construction site of the newspaper’s new building when two men on a motorcycle approached him and fired 10 shots at him.
On December 12, 2003 Hércules de Araújo Agostinho, a former military policeman, was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
On June 1, 2005 João Leite was sentenced to 15 years and 2 months in prison.
On June 17, 2005 Célio Alves de Souza was sentenced to 17 years and 6 months in prison.
In September 2005 Fernando Barbosa Belo was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
Sentences reversed and acquittals: (+)
Hércules de Araújo Agostinho, João Leite and Célio Alves de Souza.
Fernando Barbosa Belo is serving his prison sentence in a semi-open manner that allows him to go out of the penitentiary where he is being held during daytime and to which he has to return at night.
Released / Sentence commuted: (+)
Jailed awaiting trial: (+)
Since October 2007 João Arcanjo Ribeiro, alleged mastermind, is being held in custody at the Pascoal Ramos Penitentiary, awaiting the court ‘s decision on when he will go on trial. He was extradited from Uruguay on March 11, 2006.
Suspects not charged: (+)