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13 Years After 111 Were Killed in Brazil’s Penitentiary No One Is in Jail

A court in São Paulo, Brazil, will hear Wednesday, February 15, the appeal lodged by Colonel Ubiratan Guimarães against the 632 year sentence he was handed in June 2001 for his role, as commanding officer, in the 1992 Carandiru prison massacre.

"This appeal hearing marks a small but important benchmark by which Brazil’s criminal justice system will be measured in its determination to ensure equal and universal access to justice and in its desire to promote and protect the human rights of all Brazilians," said Tim Cahill, Amnesty International researcher on Brazil.

Colonel Guimarães led the Military Police shock troops into São Paulo’s Casa de Detenção prison – popularly known as Carandiru – on 2 October 1992 and was later found to be responsible for the killing of 111 unarmed detainees.

Guimarães remains at liberty while his appeal against his conviction continues to go through the Brazilian courts. During this time he has been elected to a seat in the state’s Legislative Assembly.

So far nobody is serving a prison sentence for their role in the massacre. None of the 84 police officers charged with homicide has been brought to trial.

Charges of causing physical injury against a further 29 police officers have expired under the statute of limitations. Furthermore, no attempts have been made to establish responsibility of the then state governor or state secretary of public security.

"The widely felt sense of impunity around the Carandiru massacre has been compounded by the authority’s failure to ensure chain of command responsibility for the killings, in accordance with international human rights standards," said Tim Cahill.

There remain, however, greater lessons to be learnt from this crime. To this day the São Paulo and Brazilian authorities have failed to fully implement cautionary measures stipulated by the Inter-American Human Rights Commission in relation to this case.

These include compensating family members and the implementation of measures to guarantee the rights of those in detention.

Further recommendations by various UN human rights bodies and national and international NGOs to guarantee the rights of detainees and ensure impartial and effective investigations of suspected extra-judicial executions also languish unimplemented.

Amnesty International – www.amnesty.org

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  • Guest

    another proof of brazilian impunity…
    News dated Feb. 15, on Radiobras.com :

    O Tribunal de JustiÀ§a de São Paulo absolveu o oficial por 20 votos a 2. Ele havia sido condenado a 632 anos de prisão pela morte de 102 dos 111 prisioneiros mortos no Carandiru, em 1992

    The deaths were in 1992, the judgment took until 2001, a total of 9 years, the colonel went in jail for 4 years and is now
    freed by the brazilian justice after having been condemned for 632 years in jail !!!!

    A JOKE ! AN INSULT !

  • Guest

    ???????
    NO TURMOIL WHEN NO ONE CARES ABOUT JUSTICE AND LAWS VOTED BY THEMSELVES BUT NOT APPLIED ANYWAY !!!!!

    BRAZIL GOVERRNMENT, BRAZILIAN LAWMAKERS ARE PAID JUST TO VOTE FOR NEW LAWS TO JUSTIFY THEIR SALARIES….HIGHER THAN IN DEVELOPED NATIONS SUCH AS FRANCE, UK, SPAIN JUST TO NAME A FEW.

    BUT AFTER THE VOTE…IT IS BEACH TIME, TIME TO GO THEIR MISTRESS, BACKDOORS DEALING TO NEGOTIATE HOW MUCH THEY CAN GET FOR THE NEXT VOTE THROUGH THEIR VOTE BUYING SCHEMES AND POLITICAL
    ALLIANCES.

    BUT HONESTLY : WHO CARE IN BRAZIL FOR THE APPLICATION OF THE LAWS ???????????????????

  • Guest

    Answer
    Judicial turmoil or incompetence!!!

  • Guest

    What do you
    aspect from this Thirld World country?

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