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Journalist Assassinated in Campo Grande

Journo published e-mails allegedly reflecting the buying and selling of judicial orders

Portal IMPRENSA reports:

Late Wednesday night, the owner of electronic news service Última Hora News in Campo Grande, Eduardo Carvalho, was executed in the street in front of his home, according to the Terra news portal.

Eduardo was leaving his home on a motorcycle when he was shot by two men, also on a motorcyle, at around 10:40 p.m. The journalist, a retired military policeman, died on the scene.

Witnesses said that several minutes after the shooting, the two killers returned to the scene to verify that Eduardo was dead. So far there are no suspects or information on a possible motive.

The killers may have returned to police up their brass.

According to Última Hora News, the fleeing bandits dropped a clip of .45 calibre ammunition of the same type used on the  journalist,  The evidence was found by police investigators near the murder scene.

On his site, Carvalho published a number of articles accusing politicians and police of illicit conduct. His reporting was, as a general rule, based on insider information.

IMPRENSA sought site employees for comment, but its calls were not answered.

Carvalho, 51, is said to have carried a .38 revolver after suffering another armed attack, but was carrying it unloaded at the time of the attack.

In a recent case, Carvalho provided evidence to federal police against a local mobster known as «Doctor Joseph» or «Zuzão».

According to Carvalho, Zuzão brokered favorable judicial rulings by judges from the state high court.

In one passage of the recording, Zuzão says he knows who killed the former policeman Serjão, naming rancher Antonio Dameto. In another passage, he said that attorney Paulo Macetti is a confidence man whose business is pitting both sides of a dispute against one another. Judicial rulings are discussed, as was the murder of the journalist Carvalho in Ponta Porã along with his friends.

The material was destined for the CNJ, the ombudsman of the Brazilian judiciary, according to this report.

In a 2010 report, ABC Paraguay referred to Carvalho’s work in a story sketching the outlines of a criminal scheme operating along the Paraguayan border:

PEDRO JUAN CABALLERO. The brother of the man who calls himself the “Godfather” of the Paraguayan border told a Brazilian daily that the weapons, cigarettes, and pirated goods that are regularly smuggled into Brazil will encounter no obstacles so long as brothers José Carlos and Robert Acevedo remain in charge of the senior posts in Amambay.

“If I am partners with him, he uses his influence to look after our shipments of smuggled goods, cigarettes and weapons,” says Nasser Jamil in an article for the Campo Grande daily Ultima Hora News..

The article by Eduardo Carvalho shows that the Acevedos amassed their fortune thanks to smuggling diverse cargos in partnership with Nasser Jamil and developed into a single mob family of border millionaires.

Also in a cursory search of Carvalho’s clipping file: the busting up of a “phony kidnap” scheme.

On 16 November, he published a strongly-worded editorial praising police and prison guards along the lines of “the only good criminal is a dead criminal,” railing against “those human rights assholes.”

In August, Carvalho unleashed a broadside against a competing publication, Mídiamax, which had run a video allegedly showing the state governor meeting with state employees and illegally instructing them how to vote and canvass for one candidate in a mayoral election.

The extrajudicial expert examination of the video, delivered by Governor André Puccinelli (PMDB) this morning at the Campo Grande court house, refutes the Midiamax version of events. The expert examination was signed by Fernando Machado Klein and was exclusively aired by UH NEWS. .

The examination is part of the evidence in the criminal case and adds new facts to the initial accusation brought by Governor Pucinnelli against Midiamax and journalist Pio Redonndo.

The trial seeks to establish the truth and condemn the defendants for having manipulated the reader with sensationalism devoid of objectivity in its reporting on the video, which it presents as the “original.” Attorney Luís Cláudio Alves Pereira has requested the defendants be punished for violations of Articles 138, 139, 140 of the Code of Civil Procedure as well as Article 69., pede em sua peça inicial que ambos sejam enquadrados nos artigos 138, 139, 140 do C.P.P bem como no artigo 69.

These legal references are to criminal libel and related misdeeds.

The governor argues that the meetings were limited to political issues and that there no one was coerced or coached about their politicial choices, and that no one was required to attend the meeting.