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Brazilian Cops Charged in Prison Massacre

In Brazil 121 police officers have been formally charged with the murder of at least 111 prisoners at Carandiru prison in Sao Paulo on October 2, 1992, when they invaded the prisons cell block 9 on the pretext of quelling a riot. [PLN, Vol. 4, No. 1.]

Former commander of the Metropolitan Police Ubiritan Guimaraes was charged with principal responsibility in the massacre; he could receive up to 30 years in prison if found guilty. Among those charged are 87 high ranking officers. [Editors Note: Compare this to Attica where no government officials were ever charged or convicted of their crimes that left 42 dead and hundreds of prisoners beaten, tortured and mistreated afterwards.]
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