Published 01/11/2023 19:24 | Updated 01/11/2023 19:30
Araruama – Military police officer Alan Marques, arrested three years ago after being accused of participating in the murder of Araruam journalist Leonardo Pinheiro, was acquitted in the early hours of this Wednesday (1).
The trial began at 1 pm on Tuesday (31), at the Niterói Jury Court, in the metropolitan region of Rio. The defense lawyers, Filipe Roulien and Patrick Berriel, were successful in demonstrating that the investigation was poorly conducted and directed to accuse the defendant.
“It was proven that police officer Alan Marques had no connection with this sad episode. The jurors were able to perceive the fragility of the investigation, due to the poor investigation by the 118th Police Station of Araruama”, highlighted lawyer Patrick Berriel.
The Public Ministry of the State of Rio de Janeiro (MPRJ) even questioned, at another time, the impartiality of the jurors from the municipality of Araruama.
“Police officer Alan Marques was a victim of immediacy on the part of the Civil Police, where the desire to find someone to blame was greater than the desire for justice”, added lawyer Filipe Roulien.
According to the decision postponed by judge Nearis Carvalho Arce: “In accordance with what was decided by the Sentencing Council, I consider the state’s punitive claim to acquit defendants Cleisener Vinicio Brito Guimarães and Alan Marques de Oliveira to be unfounded. Release permit is issued.”
Journalist Léo Pinheiro, as he was known, maintained a local news page in the municipality of Araruama. He was executed on May 13, 2020.