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Brazilian colonel linked to judge's death

A colonel from the ranks of Brazil’s military police was implicated Tuesday in the assassination of a judge in the corruption-stricken state of Espirito Santo. According to the state’s secretary of public security, Col. Walter Gomes Ferreira allegedly ordered two gunmen to kill Alexandre Martins de Castro Filho on Monday in the eastern state’s capital. The courts decided to send Gomes Ferreira to the western state of Acre to await trial. Three other men confessed to the killing, two as alleged triggermen and the other for supplying the weapons used in the shooting. One of the arrestees told civil authorities in Espirito Santo that he had no idea the victim was a judge and disavowed knowledge of a contract on Castro’s Filho’s life. Monday’s killing came two weeks after Judge Antonio Jose Machado Dias was gunned down in Sao Paulo state. Dias had been overseeing the security at a prison where one of the nation’s most notorious druglords was being held. The second death of a judge this month prompted reactions from top officials in Brazil including President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who promised to ratchet up his war against organized crime. Full Story

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