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Brazil police officers sentenced in missing bricklayer cases

A Brazilian judge has sentenced 13 police officers for their involvement in the disappearance and death of a slum dweller who disappeared while in police custody more than two years ago

Brazil police officers sentenced in missing bricklayer cases

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A Brazilian judge has sentenced 13 police officers for their involvement in the disappearance and death of a slum dweller who disappeared while in police custody more than two years ago.

Bricklayer Amarildo de Souza was last seen June 14, 2013, when police picked him up for questioning in Rio de Janeiro's Rocinha slum. Police have said he left the station alive. His body was never found.

Judge Daniella Alvarez Prado rejected police claims that Souza disappeared and said he died under torture in police custody.

The ruling was posted Tuesday on the website of Rio de Janeiro state's judiciary branch.

The police officers were sentenced to terms ranging from 13 years and seven month to nine years and four months.

Another 12 officers charged in the case were acquitted.


Updated : 2021-02-27 23:47 GMT+08:00