APB - Crazy Elias and Renato Souza Lopes, alias "Ratinho" (Little Rat).

Matthew X profrv at nex.net.au
Sun May 9 06:35:17 PDT 1999

A third member of the gang that killed journalist Tim Lopes shot dead
See the portuguese version of the press release
Alleged drug dealer Flávio Reginaldo dos Santos, alias "Buda", one of the 
suspects in the Tim Lopes murder who was still at large, was shot dead by 
police in the early hours of 15 August in Vila del Cruzeiro, a Rio de 
Janeiro shantytown. Police said he was hit by bullets while trying to 
escape the police officers who were attempting to arrest him. Dos Santos 
was reportedly a member of the gang led by "Crazy" Elias, the prime suspect 
in the Lopes killing. Dos Santos was not believed to have participated 
directly in the killing of Lopes. He was wanted for having set fire to a 
drugs squad vehicle with four police officers inside in September 2001.

14.08.2002 - Growing concern about Tim Lopes investigation after death of 
two suspects

Reporters Without Borders today voiced its utmost concern about recent 
developments in the investigation into the murder of TV journalist Tim 
Lopes, in particular, the death in the space of a week of two suspects who 
had been wanted for their presumed participation, and reports of police 
In a letter to President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Reporters Without 
Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard called for a thorough investigation 
into the circumstances of the death of the two suspects, especially 
Mauricio de Lima Mathias, who was reportedly killed in an exchange of shots 
with police during an attempt to detain him.
Ménard said the organisation was also "extremely concerned" about reports 
that the journalist's killers had corrupted police officers. "It would be 
scandalous if elements in the police help to keep this crime unpunished", 
the letter said, stressing that "this odious crime has outraged Brazilian 
society and the international community".
The organisation asked to be kept informed of the results of the enquiry 
into the presumed corruption of police officials by Elias Pereiora, the 
head of the gang that executed Lopes. Finally, it also insisted that 
measures be taken to guarantee the safety of the five suspects currently 
held in this case and that of the witnesses.
One of Lopes' presumed killers, André da Cruz Barbosa, alias "André Capeta" 
(André the Devil), was killed by a bullet in the head on 13 August. The 
police say he probably killed himself, but do not rule out the possibility 
that he was gunned down by a rival gang or members of his own gang, 
However, according to Aldney Zacharias Peixoto, a representative of the 
public prosecutor's office, he could have been seen as someone who knew too 
much and may therefore have been executed by corrupt police habitually paid 
by the gang to ensure its protection.
The other suspect, Mauricio de Lima Mathias, was shot dead five days 
earlier, on 8 August, when police tried to arrest him in the Vigario Geral 
shantytown (north of Rio) where he was hiding. He had been implicated in 
the journalist's death by other suspects, and was one of four persons 
wanted by the police in the case.
According to Agence France-Presse, an anonymous caller recently told the 
police that Elias Pereira, alias "Elias Maluco" (Crazy Elias), the chief of 
the band of drug dealers which executed the journalist, had paid 600,000 
Reals (200,000 Euros) to corrupt police for them to leave him alone. This 
is denied by Francisco Bras, commander of the military police. But Sergio 
Aguiar, secretary for public security in Rio de Janeiro, has said that "it 
is very possible that Crazy Elias enjoys the protection of certain corrupt 
police". Five officials are currently being investigated.
Two suspects are still wanted in the Lopes murder investigation : Crazy 
Elias and Renato Souza Lopes, alias "Ratinho" (Little Rat). According to 
the daily O Globo, on 9 August a judge ordered that the five suspects 
already detained in this case be placed in preventive custody. They are 
Elizeu Felicio de Souza, alias "o Zeu", Angelo Ferreira da Silva ("o 
Primo"), Reinaldo Amaral de Jesos ("Kadê"), Fernando Sátyro da Silva ("o 
Frei") and Claudino dos Santos Coelho ("Xuxa"). This was done at the 
request of the two investigating magistrates in charge of the case, Vivian 
Tavares Henriques and Patrícia Mothé Glioche, to ensure they would not be 
released. The five face charges of theft, drug trafficking, homicide and 
"concealment of a body".
A TV Globo journalist, Lopes was killed on the night of 2-3 June while 
gathering information on the use of child prostitutes by drug dealers in 
the Vila del Cruzeiro shantytown on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. 
Dealers recognized him as he was shooting footage with a micro-camera. 
According to two if the detained suspects, he was tortured and then 
finished off with a machete by the local drug baron, Crazy Elias. His body 
was then burned. Charred human remains found on 5 July in a clandestine 
cemetery in the Grota shantytown have been formally identified as those of 

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