The Government of Jair Bolsonaro pardons the military and police involved in the massacre of 111 prisoners in the Carandirú prison in 1992.
The provision, framed in the traditional Christmas pardon, benefits 69 surviving uniformed officers of those 74 initially charged for their involvement in the crime.
The presidential decree grants pardon not only for crimes committed by law enforcement officers more than 30 years ago, but also for those accused of committing “culpable crime”, without intent to commit it, who have served at least one sixth of the his grief, deepened the text.
Considered one of the bloodiest in Brazilian prison history, the Carandiru massacre occurred on October 2, 1992, when Military Police agents entered several pavilions of the prison compound in the city of Sao Paulo to put down a riot.
The prison, the largest in the South American country in those years, housed almost 8,000 inmates in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions.
Law enforcement forces violently suppressed the revolt, shooting inmates when many of them were locked in their cells, unable to defend themselves or flee.
Subsequent forensic analyzes indicated that the 111 dead received 515 bullet wounds, more then 100 of them to the head, for which human rights organizations denounced executions and crimes against humanity.