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Newspaper article alleges local military police involved in journalist's murder

(RSF/IFEX) - According to an article in the "Folha de São Paulo" daily newspaper of 8 June 2007, members of the local military police were involved in the 5 May murder of Luiz Carlos Barbon Filho in Porto Ferreira, in São Paulo state.

A contributor to the "Jornal do Porto" and "JC Regional" local newspapers, Barbon accused five local officials and four businessmen of sexual abuse of teenage girls in an article in 2003.

The Department for General Inquiries (DIG) has been put in charge of the investigation so that the Porto Ferreira police are not subjected to local political pressure. A regional military police commander, Marli Rossi Silva dos Reis, denied knowledge of any "involvement of the military police in this murder".

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