Wed Mar 14, 2012, 01:08 PM
ocpagu (1,272 posts)
Brazil to bring first charges over dictatorship violence
Brazilian prosecutors said on Tuesday they would file charges against a retired colonel over the disappearance of five guerrillas during the 1964-1985 military dictatorship, the first such case to be brought against any military officer from that era. Rights group Human Rights Watch said the decision was a "landmark step for accountability in Brazil".
The charges will be brought against Colonel Sebastiao Curio Rodrigues de Moura, who commanded troops that carried out the kidnapping and torture of five members of the Araguaia guerrilla movement in the Amazon that was fighting to impose communism, federal prosecutors said in a statement.
The colonel, then a major and known simply as Curio, was a notorious and ruthless figure from the dictatorship which began after a military coup. He took over the running of the region in the Amazon where his troops were stationed and earned a fortune overseeing artisanal mining.
The prosecutors said Curio's troops kidnapped the five Araguaia combatants in 1974 and tortured them at military bases under his command. The five were never seen again.
"The violent conduct of kidnapping, assaulting and executing opponents of the military government regime, though carried out under the pretext they constituted measures to re-establish national peace, consisted of thoroughly criminal acts, violating human rights and legal order," the prosecutors said.
The charges follow an investigation of the alleged crimes that began in 2009.
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Response to ocpagu (Original post)
Wed Mar 14, 2012, 06:20 PM
Judi Lynn (77,618 posts)
1. Not a moment too soon, either. Sad the right-wing governments all set things up
under the dictatorships in such a way they could avoid prosecution when democracy was restored.
It's WONDERFUL the Brazilian government has taken this step, now. As the article points out, Dilma Rousseff will have to proceed with extreme watchfulness, so right-wing idiots can't try to claim it's happening now because she wants revenge.
If ever someone had a right to revenge, of course we know she has that right due to three years in prison, with torture.
Clearly she has to act on behalf of the whole country, and she's doing a great job of it.
Best wishes on your country's decision to hold these mega-criminals responsible now.
Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)
Sun Mar 18, 2012, 01:04 PM
ocpagu (1,272 posts)
2. Unfortunately, Judi, it wasn't this time yet.
Brazil judge blocks charges for junta-era kidnaps
A federal judge on Friday blocked prosecutors' efforts to hold the first trial of a military man for abuses committed during the nation's dictatorship.
Judge Joao Matos ruled that kidnapping charges filed earlier this week against retired army Col. Sebastiao de Moura would go against Brazil's 1979 amnesty law. The amnesty bars prosecutions for politically motivated crimes that were committed during the 1964-85 military regime.
Prosecutors said in an emailed statement that they would appeal. Their decision to pursue the case was applauded this week by the United Nations and humans rights groups.
The judge's decision comes amid a debate in Brazil about the creation of a truth commission to investigate crimes committed under the dictatorship.
I'm afraid we won't make advances in this issue while the amnesty law is considered valid.