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Four suspects arrested in shooting of crime reporter, authorities rule out targeted attack

(RSF/IFEX) - Four youths, including two minors, were arrested on 27 September 2007 on suspicion of involvement in the 19 September shooting of Amaury Ribeiro Junior, "Correio Braziliense" crime reporter in a Brasilia suburb. The person who fired the shots that wounded Ribeiro is still being sought. The two minors are being held in a centre for reeducation of adolescents.

One of the detained suspects, Fábio Gonçalves da Silva, 19, has a police record of robbery and murder when a minor. A few days before the shooting, he was given a weekend leave from the centre in which he was being held, and failed to return.

Ribeiro was researching a story on organised crime at the time of the shooting, but on 28 September, the Goiás state security department formally ruled out any possibility that it was a targeted attack and said the police were working on the assumption that he was shot in the course of an ordinary hold-up.

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