The journalist Maju Coutinho was a victim of racism in 2016, when two adult men created fakes profiles on social networks to utter injuries against the host of the Newspaper Today. The São Paulo Court of Justice sentenced Erico Monteiro dos Santos and Rogério Wagner Castor Sales last Monday (09). Understand the case better:
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In 2016, the accused of racism and racial injury against the presenter Maju Coutinho used false profiles on social networks to slander the Rede Globo professional in a coordinated way.
Erico was sentenced to six years in prison and Rogério to five years in a semi-open regime, plus a fine. In the sentence, Judge Eduardo Pereira dos Santos Júnior, of the 5th Criminal Court of the Capital Paulista, understood that the two defendants also committed the crime of corruption of minors for having induced three teenagers to commit the same crimes.
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Two others accused of the crime of racism against the journalist, Kaique Batista and Luis Carlos Felix de Araújo, were acquitted for lack of evidence. The crime occurred in 2016 and the police reached the organized group after Kaique Batista’s computer was seized.
According to the investigation of the case, the group’s participants were coordinated by Erico Monteiro, and the gang set a day and time to administer the false profiles and give racist injuries to their victims. Erico was sentenced to six years in prison, and Rogério to five years in a semi-open regime, plus a fine. The case had gained national repercussion in 2015, when the hashtags #SomosTodosMajuCoutinho spread across the internet.
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The condemnation of the perpetrators of the attacks on Maju Coutinho, above all of the leader of the virtual gang of more than ten thousand members, is a demonstration that the internet is not an ocean of impunity where racists and other cyber criminals sail. Even those who hide behind nicknames and fake profiles (fakes), as in this case, can be reached by the police, the Public Ministry and the Criminal Justice ”
Affirmed Christiano Jorge Santos, one of the promoters of the case