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Décio Sá | Man Down in Maranhão

Prosecutors deliver the police investigation into the journalist’s murder


“He said the journalist had to die because of his tongue; he talked too much and upset two many people.”


An update in the execution of Brazilian journo Décio Sá, as reported by the Committee to Protect Journalists in April. Source: Vermelho.

The state prosecutor of Maranhão has charged 12 persons in the murder of journalists Décio Sá.  Among those charged are two state judicial police, a military police trooper, two business owners and an attorney who allegedly held meetings of the group in his office.

Seven suspects are already under arrested  – including the shooter and the two business owners who allegedly ordered the hit. Three are out on bond, awaiting trial  and two are fugitives. Sá was murdered in April 2012 in a bar on the Avenida Litorânea, in the capital city of São Luís.

Jhonathan de Sousa Silva, 24, who police say fired the fatal shots, told TV Mirante in June that he was hired because the journalist “was a busybody sticking his nose into everything and upsetting a lot of people.”

Décio Sá maintained a blog in which he wrote about crime in Maranhão and other northeastern states. “This brutal and cowardly crime reveals the existence of a criminal loan sharking organization that sought to enrich itself by extorting a number of city governments in the region,” says prosecutor Carlos Duarte.

The group is charged with first degree murder with special circumstances — a murder for hire carried out by means of an ambush intended to conceal the crime, and a criminal conspiracy.

Friends and supporters are apparently keeping the Blog do Décio up and running.

According to a post in early August, police were set to interview a local politician mentioned in wiretaps and testimony as the alleged author of the crime. This federal deputy for the PMDB now leads polls in the mayoral race in São José de Ribamar.

In his July 9 deposition, the man who executed Décio Sá claimed three times that Cutrim ordered the journalist murdered, based on a conversation with one of the intermediaries, José Raimundo Sales Chaves Júnior — aka Júnior Bolinha — who has been arrested by police.. “He said the journalist had to die because of his tongue; he talked too much and upset two many people.”