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2006-08-23 18:56:32

By Andrei Khalip RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - A Brazilian court on Wednesday sentenced the first of five police officers charged with murdering 29 people in a massacre in Rio de Janeiro to a long prison term -- a rare ruling in a country where police have often acted with impunity. Carlos Jose Carvalho, 32, who had pleaded not guilty to the killings, was convicted and sentenced to 543 years behind bars. He will serve no more than 30 years, the maximum term under Brazilian law,...

2006-07-05 15:52:10

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian police occupied two Rio de Janeiro slums on Wednesday in search of a drug kingpin suspected of ordering a massacre of up to 18 people whose bodies had been dumped on Rio streets this week. A security secretariat spokeswoman said criminals greeted police with fire when officers invaded the hillside slums known as Kerosene and Sao Carlos to arrest Tiago Teixeira, the 21-year-old kingpin known as Coelho, or Rabbit, in Portuguese. A police...

2006-06-26 14:02:15

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian police gunned down 13 suspects in two clashes in Sao Paulo state on Monday, saying the actions prevented a new round of attacks similar to a wave of gangster violence last month in which nearly 200 people were killed. A state security spokeswoman said the criminal organization responsible for the bloodshed in May, the First Command of the Capital (PCC), had been preparing new attacks on prisons in Sao Paulo's industrial satellite towns of Sao...

2006-02-16 12:59:11

By Carolina Schwartz SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Human rights groups reacted with dismay on Thursday to a Brazilian court's decision to absolve the commander of a police squad that killed more than 100 convicts in a notorious 1992 prison massacre. The decision to annul the conviction of Colonel Ubiratan Guimaraes over the Carandiru prison massacre fed the sense that officials were immune from justice in Brazil, they said. "This is absurd. Impunity reigns in this country, we cannot...

2005-08-22 16:43:14

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - Police in Rio de Janeiro killed five suspected drug traffickers, including a 15-year-old, during a shootout in one of the crime-ridden city's slums, authorities said on Monday. Police commander Alvaro Garcia said the five offered "strong armed resistance" during a police raid on the Andarai hillside slum on Sunday night, the state security agency said in a statement. Arms, including a grenade, and drugs were found on the suspects, it said....