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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 01:13 PM

Retired Brazilian colonel ordered to pay damages for the torture and death of a journalist

Source: Associated Press

Retired Brazilian colonel ordered to pay damages for the torture and death of a journalist
By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, June 27, 10:27 AM

SAO PAULO — A Brazilian court has sentenced a retired army colonel to pay damages for the torture and death of a journalist 41 years ago during Brazil’s long military dictatorship.

The anti-torture group Tortura Nunca Mais says it is the first time a former high-ranking officer has been found guilty of crimes committed during the 1964-1985 military government.

Sao Paulo state court Judge Claudia de Lima Menge says in a statement posted Wednesday that former Col. Carlos Alberto Brilhante Ustra was responsible for the “brutal beatings” that led to the death of Luiz Eduardo da Rocha Merlino in a Sao Paulo jail in 1971.

Menge ordered Ustra to pay 50,000 reals ($25,000) each to Merlino’s common-law wife and his sister.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/retired-brazilian-colonel-ordered-to-pay-damages-for-the-torture-and-death-of-a-journalist/2012/06/27/gJQAn9Yu6V_story.html

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Reply Retired Brazilian colonel ordered to pay damages for the torture and death of a journalist (Original post)
Judi Lynn Jun 2012 OP
Ian David Jun 2012 #1
clang1 Jun 2012 #3
Downtown Hound Jun 2012 #4
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 01:19 PM

1. Yeah, that'll teach him. Now, don't do that again. n/t

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Response to Ian David (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 01:55 PM

3. Mocking justice achieves nothing.. This IS Justice. What do you want? n/t

 

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Response to clang1 (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:17 PM

4. It's better than nothing, but it's pretty weak justice

$25,000 for torturing a man? And God only knows what else he did during the reign of terror that he never got convicted for.

Would you call a $25,000 payment justice for those who guarded the concentration camps? I sure wouldn't.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 01:54 PM

2. There IS justice in the World. Never give up, Never let anyone tell you that there is no justice.

 

n/t

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