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Wallace Souza (born 12 August 1958) is a Brazilian television presenter and politician. He was an elected member of the
Legislative Assembly of Amazonas until his
expulsion in October 2009.
 He is commonly known for
presenting the controversial program Canal Livre.
In 2009, he was subject to worldwide media coverage, when Amazonas State Police
launched an investigation into the claims that murders had been
ordered in order to boost ratings on his program.
and personal life
Souza was born in Manaus,
Amazonas. He obtained
degrees at the College of Business São Luiz Gonzaga and the State
College Basílio Machado. Souza also attended the Center for Study
of Human Behavior and University Nilton Lins.
 He is married with four
In 1979, Souza became a police officer,
but he left the force under a cloud in 1987.
He was first elected in 1998 by the Liberal Party. He later took
leadership of the Social Christian Party.
He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of
Amazonas in 2000, and was re-elected in 2002. In 2003 he was
made Parliamentary Ombudsman of the Legislative Assembly of the
 His political career is now
as he was expelled from the assembly in 2009.
He began presenting Canal Livre in 1989.
The program which was described as "investigative journalism aimed
at fighting crime and social injustice,"
ran until late 2008.
The program, which drew a large audience, showed police raids and
arrests, with presenters often following police chases in a
It was one of the most popular show in Manaus.
“The order to execute always came from the politician and his
son, who then alerted the TV crews to get to the scene before the
— Thomaz Vasconcelos, head of
Amazonas Secretariat of
In 2009, Souza attracted international media attention when he
was accused of hiring hitmen
to kill five people to increase the ratings of his program.
Suspicions were raised because he was frequently first to the scene
of a crime, gathering graphic footage of the victims.
A former police officer, Moacir Jorge da Costa, claimed he carried
out one of the murders.
Souza and his legal team have denied Souza's involvement with the
Souza's son, Raphael, was arrested and is currently in prison
facing charges of homicide, drug trafficking
and illegal gun possession.
Weapons, ammunition and cash were discovered at Souza's home
when the police conducted a search.
In October 2009, he was presented with charges with murder, drug-trafficking, intimidation of witnesses, illegal
carrying of arms and formation of a criminal gang.
He was also expelled from the state assembly.
 After an arrest warrant was
issued, Souza disappeared and 60[11
] civil and federal
police began to search for him.
 Road blocks were mounted to
try to stop him from leaving Manaus.
He subsequently gave himself up to police on October 9, 2009.
He still repeatedly proclaims his innocence.
His brother, vice-mayor Carlos Souza, requested that when sent to
prison he have his own cell and be separated from fellow
Vanessa Lima, the former producer of the program, was arrested in
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Amazônia. 10 December 2009. http://oglobo.globo.com/cidades/mat/2009/12/10/ex-produtora-de-programa-de-tv-do-ex-deputado-wallace-souza-do-amazonas-presa-915142392.asp. Retrieved 13 December