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Suspect confesses to involvement in attempted grenade attack on newspaper

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 1 February 2010, Wanderson Nilton de Paula Lima, a.k.a. "Andinho", who was suspected of being behind a 21 January 2009 attempted grenade attack on the "Correio Popular" in the city of Campina, Sao Paulo state, confessed to the crime while providing a statement to the Fifth Chamber of the Criminal Court of Justice.

According to Andinho's testimony, the action against the newspaper was in retaliation for the publication of an account of his crimes and a story about his wedding, which took place inside a prison. The police are investigating Andinho's wife and five other people who have been accused of participating in the attack.

Andinho is one of the leaders of the Primero Comando da Capital (PCC) criminal organisation. He was in prison when the grenade was thrown inside the newspaper's headquarters. The newspaper belongs to the Anhanguera de Comunicación network (which includes the "Notícias Já" and "Diário do Povo" newspapers, the "Metrópole" magazine and the Cosmo Online website). The grenade did not explode or cause any damage.

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