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Nicanor Linhares Batista
June 30, 2003

Case: Nicanor Linhares Batista

Director and owner of Radio Vale do Jaguaribe AM in Limoeiro do Norte, Ceará.



Circumstances:   (+)

Two hooded men entered the studio and fired more than 10 shots at the journalist. They fled on a motorcycle.

Sentences:   (+)

Cássio Santana de Souza fue sentenciado el 27 de mayo de 2009 a 23 años y seis meses de prisión, se le señaló como intermediario entre los autores materiales y los autores intelectuales.

El 18 de diciembre de 2008 fueron sentenciados Francisco Lindenor de Jesus Moura Júnior, a 26 años de cárcel, y Francisco José de Oliveira Maia, a 8 años de prisión, como autores materiales.

Sentences reversed and acquittals:   (+)


Prisoners sentenced:   (+)


Released / Sentence commuted:   (+)


Jailed awaiting trial:   (+)

Ricardo Rodrigo Chagas was arrested and later released due to doubts about his having participated in the crime.

Cássio Santana de Souza, alleged perpetrator, was arrested in August 2007.

Suspects not charged:   (+)

Eight persons were implicated in the crime. In October 2007 they appealed the charges that are under judicial consideration. Among the accused are Arivan Lucena, former mayor, accused of ordering the killing; her husband José María Lucena, a judge, who could face charges for complicity. This will be decided by the High Court.

José Roberto Santos Nogueira (Chico Orelha), also allegedly implicated, died on May 11, 2004 in a clash with police.

Fugitives:   (+)


Notes:   (+)

Ricardo Rodrigo Chagas fue detenido y posteriormente excarcelado por dudas sobre su participación en el crimen.


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