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Families of Brazilians Killed in Air Crash Want American Pilots Back in Brazil

American pilots Leopre and Paladino The Association of Relatives and Friends of Gol's flight 1907, which fell down in the Amazon jungle killing all those aboard, issued a statement condemning a Brazilian judged decision to allow two American pilots, Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino, to be heard in the United States instead of having to travel to Brazil for the deposition. 

The association's document reads: "The ruling issued by Judge Murilo Mendes, responsible for the criminal process related to the accident that took place between Gol's Boeing 737 and ExcelAire's Legacy jet on September 29, 2006, caused concern among the members of The Association of Relatives and Friends of Gol's flight 1907 Victims."

The group was founded after the accident between Gol's Boeing 737 and a Legacy jet, piloted by US pilots Lepore and Paladino, with the purpose of providing support to the relatives of the victims as well as supervising the investigations on the second largest aerial accident in Brazil's history, which carried a death toll of 154 people in the state of Mato Grosso.

Angelita De Marchi, President of the Association of Relatives and Friends of Gol's flight 1907 Victims, said that the decision surprised all the families.

"The decision caught us by surprise. The Brazilian justice system was convinced that the deposition should take place in Brazil and that the pilots did not want to cooperate; they were being judged in default, since even after signing documents saying that they would return to Brazil, officially summoned and the Justice department declaring that they would cover the costs of the process, they were refusing to cooperate," stated Angelita.

The biggest surprise, says the group, came with the decision made by the judge in Sinop, in the midwestern Brazilian state of Mato Grosso,  while there is a pending process in the Supreme Court regarding a petition for a writ of habeas corpus for the pilots; they are requesting that the depositions take place in the USA.

"We were waiting for the decision from the Supreme Court, when we received the news that the judge was now authorizing the deposition in the USA. We find all of this embarrassing for us and for our country, which is forced to concede in that type of situation. If these were Brazilians being judged in the USA, the pilots would not have even been released to return to Brazil while the duration of the process," said Mr. De Marchi.

Rosane Guhtjar, a victim's widow, was very upset with the judge's take. "This decision is issued at a time when the pilots claim to the American justice system that they were coerced to sign the documents, that they were forced to sign. If we already had little hope for their return to Brazil, now it is for sure that we won't know what happened in the accident; if they refuse to cooperate here, who knows having to declare, in writing, in their country," says Guhtjar.

The relatives' hope is that the Federal Prosecutor's Office, responsible for the case, appeals judge's Murilo Mendes decision and that the pilots are required to come back to Brazil to take a deposition or that they continue to be judged in default.

"This is a public process in Brazil. The Federal Prosecutors Office represents us, and we hope that this position is questioned. What happened in this accident is a crime, the death of 154 people due to irresponsible behavior. We expect that justice be done," requests the widow Rosane Guhtjar.

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  • Jacyra Leitte

    me da asco
    baita babakyce 😥

  • João da Silva

    Forrest
    [quote]Tancredo Neves (President of Brazil ): During the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500,000 votes from
    his party, not even God would remove him from Presidency.

    Sure he got the votes, but he got sick a day before being made President,then he died. [/quote]

    No, Forrest. Everyone knew Tancredo was sick a long time before he was “elected” by his “party”. What came as a shock was that he had to be admitted to the hospital just on the eve of being sworn in. You know the rest of the story.

    Now TancÀ‚´s grandson wants to be the President and lets see how it is going to work out in 2010.

    [quote]only rich and famous die when they mock GOD[/quote]

    Do you know that this is one of your best quotes?

    Have a nice Easter Sunday

  • forrest allen brown

    hay JAY
    same could be said about US

    look at what they have not done for US as of late

    is it worse to robe the people of there money and hope

    or there god giver right of free will and our freedoms

    written down and sowrn on ever time they are electid by us

  • JAY GLENN

    Talk to your own Goverment
    Brazil is trying to fly aircraft with a tin can and string communication system.
    The same government Sent them home to the USA.
    The same Government has no extradition treaty with USA.
    Hang the idiots in the Government, that could take years at 100 a day.
    Then Are they the ones responsible? You elected them.
    Donˢ۪t look out side you Country, donˢ۪t look out side you own homes.

  • forrest allen brown

    only rich and famous die when they mock GOD
    Tancredo Neves (President of Brazil ): During the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500,000 votes from
    his party, not even God would remove him from Presidency.

    Sure he got the votes, but he got sick a day before being made President,then he died.

    Cazuza (Bi-sexual Brazilian composer, singer and poet):
    During A show in Canecio ( Rio de Janeiro ), while smoking his
    cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air and said: ‘God, that’s for you.’

    He died at the age of 32 of AIDS in a horrible manner.

  • Luigi Vercotti

    Boss
    Both Forest and Bo echo the sad reality here in Brazil.

    American justice: A construction crane fell in New York last week killing 4 people. The city inspector who was responsible for that crane has been arrested. In the ’80’s, when the Air Traffic Controllers union in the US went on strike, President Reagan fired them all. They were allowed to re-apply for their jobs, non-union. A governor gets caught with a prostitute and he is toast. Clinton gets a blowjob in the Oval Office and he is impeached.

    Imagine any of that here in Brazil? Ask Renan.

  • bo

    [quote]”This is a public process in Brazil. The Federal Prosecutors Office represents us, and we hope that this position is questioned. What happened in this accident is a crime, the death of 154 people due to irresponsible behavior. [b]We expect that justice be done[/b],” requests the widow Rosane Guhtjar.[/quote]

    They need to go no further than Brasilia.

    And why should they expect that “justice be done”…..like that’s something “normal” in Brazil.

  • forrest allen brown

    THEY WOULD NOT BE SAFE
    all it would take would some cop to be paied off and they would come up missing and then you would get the

    stupid grin and there hands open up and say brasil and then the smirk and laugh

    lets have the ATC deposed in the US
    waite thats right they are to ill to talk to the police and judges but not there lawyers or still work as ATC

    of course they could get luckey and get put in a cell with a young woman

  • Luigi Vercotti

    Boss
    From what I’ve read, these mourning families should be going after the people responsible for the pathetic air traffic control system in Brazil. These pilots aren’t idiots, they know they can be deposed anywhere, so why would they risk some insane Brazilian judge locking them up the minute their feet hit the ground.

    And please, don’t compare the US justice system to the one here in Brazil. See the recent article on this site on “Impunity”.

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