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Brazilian court annuls police sentencings in prison bloodbath

No police were injured during the operation to take back Carandiru, which was razed in 2002 and replaced by a park and a libraryA Sao Paulo court has thrown out convictions of police in the deaths of 111 prisoners during the suppression of a 1992 prison riot, drawing condemnation from rights groups Wednesday. Judge Camilo Lellis, at the 4th Court in Brazil’s biggest city, ruled that the evidence was not strong enough to convict the 74 officers who put down the bloody riot at Carandiru penitentiary, which was then Latin America’s biggest prison. “The fact that 111 prisoners can be killed without anybody being held responsible after 24 years is not only shocking, but sends a terrifying message about the state of human rights in Brazil,” said Amnesty’s Brazil director Atila Roque.

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