Brazil: After 6 Years Killer of TV Reporter Gets Special Release for Good Behavior

    Brazilian journalist Tim Lopes

    Brazilian journalist Tim Lopes Judicial authorities from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, decided to put convicted murderer Claudino "Xuxa" dos Santos Coelho on a "semi-release" program for "good behavior," last month, according to the daily newspaper "Extra".

    Xuxa, an alleged drug trafficker, was sentenced in 2005 to 23 years and six months in prison for the June 2002 murder of TV Globo reporter Tim Lopes. As he was arrested in August 2002, he has already completed one third of his sentence.

    Under the program, he would be allowed out of prison by day as long as he returns at night. But according to "Extra", he has already violated this requirement.

    "We expressed our satisfaction in 2005 when seven suspects were convicted of Lopes' murder, but now we share his family's incomprehension at this concession, which seems completely unjustified given the cruelty of the crime of which this prisoner was convicted," international press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders said.

    Lopes was investigating sexual exploitation of minors by drug traffickers in the Rio de Janeiro favela of Vila del Cruzeiro in June 2002 when he was kidnapped, tortured and finally hacked to death by members the "Crazy Elias" gang, who burned his body. "Xuxa" and six other gang members were given sentences ranging from 23 to 28 years in prison.

    Journalist Attacked

    Brazilian journalist Sergio Gobetti, who works for O Estado de S. Paulo" newspaper, was assaulted December 18 by a security guard at the National Assembly building in Brazilian capital Brasí­lia. Gobetti was trying to enter the building to cover the Brazilian Budget Plan vote when he was approached by a security guard who claimed that he did not have his identification visible.

    Congressman Chico Alencar, who was present at the time of the incident, tried to stop the confrontation.

    After the journalist showed his identification, the security guard grabbed him by the neck. Images of the incident can be viewed at: http://terratv.terra.com.br/templates/channelContents.aspx?channel=2481&contentid=218841
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    The president of the Federal District Journalists' Union, Romário Schettino, denounced the assault, saying, "The security guard, in the presence of congressman Chico Alencar, tried to choke the journalist, in a very clear act of disrespect toward a congressman and a professional of the press."

    The Assembly Social Communications Office said that the General Directorate of the Assembly has determined that the police will investigate the incident.

    According to the Assembly Social Communications Office, the Investigative Police are speaking to Gobetti, police officers and witnesses and are analyzing film footage of the incident.

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    • forrest allen brown

      so we agree
      as a citisen of the US if you move about the planet
      you take your life in your own hands as the
      government of the US WILL NOT HELP YOU
      FOR ANY REASON OTHER THAN IF THE PRESS
      GETS ON THE BAND WAGON

      MY hope is some one will load up the
      roamdeep and drive it into some houbor
      and set it off and when they come to me i
      can say it is a civil matter not my concern

      then take all the info to the press on how i tryed to get the government to help

      and that is a new state dept warning

    • bo

      [quote]written by forrest allen brown, December 28, 2008
      YES THEY ARE THERE but only covering to protect the US intrest, while under there charter thye are to enforce laws only in the
      borders of the US outside of the US they fall under homeland securty but only after .9 /11 did they do that the rest is the old
      COMPANY as they use to call it . [/quote]

      Didn’t make sense out of much of what you said there but naturally we have department of homeland security agents that are in the tri-border region investigating money laundering, drugs, black market products and the like, anything that funds radical muslaimic groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas, which exist in this region. You can bet your ass that when we discover something that we’re working in conjunction with the brazilian fed’s to break it up.

      [quote]on the state deparment web site well itis a canned report and stands inprovement along with its role in helping US citisens
      that get caugh up in the courts or lack of law the US lets the get screwed by countries as brasil , while if there people in the US are covered by our rule of law .
      WE get the short end of the stick while they get to stay in the US fat dumb and happy . [/quote]

      I just read the travel advisory for U.S. citizens on the gov’s website….. http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1072.html

      For the love of god, it’s enough to even make me consider not travelling to brazil, and I’m not known for being faint of heart. It just falls short of saying “DON’T GO!”

      As far as americans or other foreigners getting caught up in the court system here in Brazil and dealing with the predjudice that exists in relation to foreigners what would you suggest we do? Send in the special forces? Send a couple air craft carriers off the coast of Pernambuco and Rio? Because that’s what it sounds like, and although I may share some of your sentiment, thinking level-headedly, that’s absurd. But I agree with you 100% concerning how we, in the U.S., treat foreigners, even people that are in the country illegally, yet when we’re in other counties LEGALLY, paying taxes, creating jobs, making investments, we’re preyed upon by the vast majority of unscrupulous and have to worry about taking a bullet if we complain. Read this….

      http://www.jornaldacidade.net/2008/noticia.php?id=22252http://www.jornaldacidade.net/2008/noticia.php?id=22252

      [quote]yet 52% of US onwed coporations did not pay any taxes last year
      and 42% of forgin owned compaines did not pay them eather [/quote]

      That will change under the Obama administration……I’ll betcha.

      [quote]as far as brasil being an ally to the US it si only one way all give by the US and only take by brasil.
      look at lula does not shake hands with bush
      but kisses chaves and castro . [/quote]

      Once again, couldn’t agree more. Since Lula took office significant percentages of the population in brazil has turned anti-american….some rabidly so. But you’ll get this from ignorant people that swallow hook, line, and sinker everything that comes from the mouth of “um analfabeto” that in his heart is a socialist and everything that entails.

      [quote]even the US banking system is set up to favor formor forgin dignataries
      they bring in all the money they have stolen , no questions .by our state deparment
      by business , homes . and still maintain there diplomatic ststus in the US [/quote]

      Although not a foreign dignitary, I don’t think Paulo Maluf would agree with you on this one. He’ll be convicted soon by federal prosecutors in the state of New York for using an american bank as an intermediary bank in sending his stolen millions to a “safe haven”. He’ll never be convicted in Brazil o STEALING the money, but he’ll be convicted in the U.S. simply because his transfer used a New York bank as an intermediary on it’s route to probably…..SWITZERLAND, lol. But that’s brazil. In the history of the TSJ or TSF they have NEVER convicted a brazilian politician. Isn’t that amazing? Why even make them go through a trial? Why waste time and taxpayers money? Just give them “get out of jail free” cards. 😉

    • João da Silva

      Forrest
      [quote]i have met women doctors that work a whores at night becaus they have no money
      to by food , if there was any to be had .[/quote]

      You are [i]not[/i] the first person to say this. I have some friends who have gone there and were shocked to see not only the doctors,but also other university graduates moonlighting as hookers.A “WorkersÀ‚´s paradise can not be a paradise for underpaid or unemployed workers. I don’t think that Raul is going to change the situation as he is merely interested in preserving the Castro Dynasty . Give another 4 months, he will be screaming and yelling at Obama not establishing talks with him and other LatAm rulers will be joining the chorus.

      As for the Cuban exiles in Miami, they would be drinking “Cuba Libre” and cheering for the day when a “Regime Change” would take place in their “Homeland”.

      One suggestion I have though, Forrest, which you might find amusing: Give U.S. citizenship to Gitmo prisoners, arm them to teeth and open the gates of the prison and tell them that they are free and on their own. 😉

    • forrest allen brown

      PS . BO
      i spent close to a year in CUBA and was treated better there by the CUBANS
      than i have been in brasil and even porto rico .
      the US embargo in cuba is a failed plan .as castro and his people
      live high on the hog while his children are starving ?people.

      i have met women doctors that work a whores at night becaus they have no money
      to by food , if there was any to be had .
      i had more food on the roamdeep than all the stores around the marina and on the ile of youth .

      of corse if you open up toursim from the US and let them go to the beaches , hotels , scuba diving
      and spend money it would be hard for rual to keep them down for long

    • forrest allen brown

      HAY BO
      YES THEY ARE THERE but only covering to protect the US intrest, while under there charter thye are to enforce laws only in the
      borders of the US outside of the US they fall under homeland securty but only after .9 /11 did they do that the rest is the old
      COMPANY as they use to call it .

      on the state deparment web site well itis a canned report and stands inprovement along with its role in helping US citisens
      that get caugh up in the courts or lack of law the US lets the get screwed by countries as brasil , while if there people in the US are covered by our rule of law .
      WE get the short end of the stick while they get to stay in the US fat dumb and happy .

      the people of NY dont get to vote for or not for her she will be appointed by the govner of NY as per the
      rule of law .set up in 1788.

      no the justice system in the US is a work in progress , but still far from fare .
      when people like the hilton gril and LL go to jail for 10 days for a DWI
      and a black raper gets 1 year , not fare , and money does count
      unles you are OJ .

      i love the US its present FORM OF RULE IS LACKING
      the needs of the many out way the needs of the few .

      they dont want to solve the ileagel alian as they want the latin vote .
      they are making the tax payers pay alomost a trillion bucks to bail out the
      rich companys while not stoping the masive pay of the bosses.

      yet 52% of US onwed coporations did not pay any taxes last year
      and 42% of forgin owned compaines did not pay them eather

      as far as brasil being an ally to the US it si only one way all give by the US and only take by brasil.
      look at lula does not shake hands with bush
      but kisses chaves and castro .
      will love obama till he does something rong then it will start over .

      even the US banking system is set up to favor formor forgin dignataries
      they bring in all the money they have stolen , no questions .by our state deparment
      by business , homes . and still maintain there diplomatic ststus in the US

      you have a good time in brasil i will only return to go to the grave sites
      of thoes who have done me rong and piss on there graves
      i have paied for my form of justice it will just take a little time
      to be finished

      and i dont care if they are or were public officals .

    • bo

      Allow me…
      to address your concerns one by one….

      1st) We DO have FBI agents in Brazil. In reality, we have well over 1,000 agents from the department of homeland security here in Brazil, mostly stationed in the tri-border region of Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil. Brazil has allowed them to set up camp here since 2006. Possibly earlier.

      2nd) There is absolutely a travel advisory on the U.S. gov’ts. website concerning brazil warning everyone about crime, robbery, kidnapping, etc.

      3.)As far as someone “wanting” to be a politician and actually achieving it….they’re two quite different things. It will possibly be up to the people of New York to replace Clinton as they’re talking about having an election. If they vote in Kennedy that’s their business/problem.

      -Forrest, your opinions and feelings are yours and naturally everyone is entitled to their own. I try and respect everyone’s opinion. I agree with you that concerning some issues the U.S. gov’t. should be more “persuasive” in their rhetoric, and even actions, concerning Brazil and an entire host of issues, just a few being, parental kidnapping, enforcing of international treaties, child prostitution, human trafficking, and slave labor. But it’s politics, Brazil is an ally of the U.S., although they certainly don’t talk like it at times.

      But comparing the justice system in Brazil to the U.S.???

      That’s stretching it. And anyone with knowledge as well as experiences of both systems knows this well.

      Merry X-mas and Happy New Year!

    • forrest allen brown

      BO riddle me this
      than why does the US government never call brasil on all its faults .

      they let there citisen be robed , killed in brasil and never send down the FBI as they do to other countries .
      why is this ?

      there is no real stearn warning about travel to brasil on the web by the state deparment ..

      as in brasil the US has a new class the political class ,
      spending there entire lives in office yet being convicted of crimes , even feloneys
      look at carolin kennedy wants to be a senator just because the seat is open and she has friends ,
      but like our new president no real experience , electied by the press and popular demand

      granted in the US you stand a better chance of going to jail in the US than brasil , of corse you stand a better chance of killing some
      one in brasil and geting away with it.

      as far as the roamdeep when is the theft of a 80 ft boat and all its contents a civil action ??????
      even under international law with treates in place brasil thumbs its nose at the US every time it gets
      a chance. from murders to kidnaping the US has lost its nerve dealing with brasil

      so where has the so called US state department gone >?
      the type you had 30 years ago when you neded help they were there .
      now they just set back and sell visa , and go to parties . have no real use
      for US citisen even if you loose your pass port in
      rio you have to set outside the embassy till 2pm when they see US citisens
      and then set out side on the benches with all the visa buyers to pay .
      yet you go to the brasilian embassy in the US and if a brasilian shows up
      you get pushed back in line .

      so to me and many others the US is going down hill faster than
      the stockmarket.

      SO IN A NUT SHELL I HAVE NO RESPCT FOR THE LAWS OF THE US AND BRASIL
      AND THOES WHOM SHOULD TRY TO ENFORCE THEM ON ME .

      i will never ask for help from the US again nor do i claim it as my country
      same as brasil i have no need for them as they have used me for the last time .

    • bo

      Hey Forrest….
      Please my friend, don’t be “brazilian” and try and compare shit here in Brazil to the U.S., because there is simply no comparison. You told your story of the roamdeep…..do you think that kind of shit would happen in the U.S. and the people would get away with it?? You know damn well it wouldn’t.

      The U.S. has many problems, but nothing to the degree of this country (Brazil). Ch.C hit the nail on the head, when one lives in a place where enforcement of the law is weak, or nonexistant in some places or concerning certain laws, then naturally you’re going to have people that don’t respect them since there is no real reason to. There are no consequences of not obeying the law…especially if you have a couple dollars, or know some people in the right places. I can tell you from 30 years of experience living in the U.S. and having family members in positions of local authority, that simply ain’t the way it is in the U.S. Much to the contrary matter of fact.

    • forrest allen brown

      yes i save my money
      and what stocks i do have are slow but stedy groth

      yes i wrote him he needs to put it on world press and get a movment going

      the unions have out lived there span should close the car makers down and reopen up
      nonunion shop , and just do the same all over the place , teamsters , airline industry , .

      but also place an 8 year term on all political offices , stop this good old boy shit

      will be leaving here with fatima soon be gone from here for good
      fatimas people the ones that want to leave will come up to belise OR chutmal mexico
      to live on this place we found , if not there the west coast of panama very clear diving water there
      start dive shop and resturant

    • João da Silva

      Forrest
      [quote]IT IS LIKE THAT IN THE STATES now and has been sence the 60 [/quote]

      It seems to be so and the link you mailed and I posted in one of the other threads (the open letter written by Gregory Knox of Knox Machinery) confirms what you say. That guy really deserves our kudos. The problem is that instead of Brasilians learning from the mistakes of the U.S., we seem to be very eager to copy what they do and if things don’t work we put the blame on them! If you talk to an old Brazilian of German or Italian descent in the South, he will tell ya how important it is to save, innovate and produce instead of depending on Financial gains made in the stock markets or depend on the Government to run your life or business. Or talk to an old lady in Texas that lived through the Great depression (I have done it ) and she would give you a lecture.

      [quote]seams like it is time for a new world order , [/quote]

      I think it is going to happen soon. Our young fellow blogger DnB is predicting.

      It is not that I am against treating the workers well and paying them fair. But when they take command of the shop floor with the connivance of the well paid Labor Tribune judges, it is time for you to close your business and take it to some other country. The ones who lose their jobs can sue the judge.

      It is disgusting to hear the bullshit from all the branches of the government. At least Knox had the balls to write an open letter. I intend sending an e-mail to him soon.

    • forrest allen brown

      HAY JOAO
      IT IS LIKE THAT IN THE STATES now and has been sence the 60

      i even hurd one say the political class on an interview so the US political system is
      devolveing and taking lessons from brasil master crooks .

      seams like it is time for a new world order ,

      our desteny is written in our blod by there hands

    • João da Silva

      [quote]and the justice system is a horrid farce … the common Brazilian knows this as well, but they have simply not empowered themselves with the ability to affect real change in the system …[/quote]

      It is not only the common Brazilians that have not empowered themselves, but also the Middle class educated ones that do not belong to the “Justice System”.Some have come to the conclusion that it is futile to fight the System and many prefer to sit with their arms crossed and to complain to their neighbors and friends.

      The sad reality is that since the late 80À‚´s the members of all three branches (Executive, Legislative and Judicial) are very well paid, powerful and consider themselves as an elite class and work closely together to safe guard their own interests. The “duty” of those who do not belong to this higher caste is to pay their taxes and the fines imposed without complaining nor trying to “empower” themselves.

      [quote]The judge who releasd this murderer needs to be investigated himself. [/quote]

      Will happen on the day of the blue moon. 😀

    • forrest allen brown

      is the woman
      still in jail for stealing the butter ???

      OMG dont let her out we all could die of over eating .

      so if you kill a TV reporter you serve 6 years .

      how long for a nun ??
      indain ??
      gringo ??

      so if the US polits came down and stod trial they would get
      say 5 days for each brasilian killed say a half year and have no criminal record ???

    • cb

      No suprise
      I have lived in Brazil for 20 years and this doesn’t suprise me one bit. The justice system and the police are the major impediments to Brazil taking that final leap forward. The levels of corruption are unbelievable. The judge who releasd this murderer needs to be investigated himself.

    • Zap

      Well said ch.c
      I always enjoy your take on Brazilian justice and life … I lived there for a year from 2004-2005 in a middle class neighborhood in a town about 2 hours outside of Sao Paulo, and the justice system is a horrid farce … the common Brazilian knows this as well, but they have simply not empowered themselves with the ability to affect real change in the system …

    • ch.c.

      Brazil: After 6 Years Killer of TV Reporter Gets Special Release for Good Behavior !!!!
      Ohhhhh but 6 years is already a very long term jail for killing a reporter…in Brazil !
      Most of the time, they dont even find the killer or find the good bad reasons not to put the killers in jail !
      Due to your World Renowned Courts of (IN)Justicessssssssss !

      Just look at Sister Dorothy killers-

      THEY ARE ALL FREE, NONE ARE ANY LONGER INCRIMINATED, THEY ARE INNOCENTS, BE THEY THE ONES WHO PAID THE KILLERS OR THE ONES WHO KILLED HER !!!! File closed !

      Dont be then surprised that your homicides rate is one of the World Highest ! What is the risk of those committing these homicides ? VERY LOW !
      And every human act is based upon a risk/reward thinking ! Be it for corruptions, red tapes, or for petty thefts, driving, hiring slaves workers. Whenever there is low risk, people take their chance.

      Therefore there is nothing on the horizon to a change for the better….in Brazil.
      Simple as that !

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