Brazillian soldier to face criminal trial over crimes committed during regime era
8/15/2019 10:25:04 PM

A Brazilian court ordered for the first time a criminal trial for a military official accused of committing different crimes during the dictatorship era, pointing out that an amnesty law wasnít applicable in cases of torture or sexual violence.

On late Wednesday, the court accused Antonio Waneir Pinheiro de Lima of kidnapping, imprisoning and raping a historian in the early 1970s. Waneir was a sergeant during Brazilís military dictatorship that ruled the South American country from 1964 to 1985.

According to prosecutors, the crimes that the former sergeant allegedly committed took place in the so-called ďHouse of DeathĒ in the city of Petropolis, which is located near Rio de Janeiro.

Prosecutors pointed out this was a house in which the military used to torture political prisoners. Apparently, almost 20 people were brutally murdered in the house.

The courtís decision against Waneir comes after Brazilís President Jair Bolsonaro said that the military dictatorship period that Brazil experienced for over 20 years was a ďgloriousĒ time.

Recently, Bolsonaro appointed two members of the armed forces to the commission that investigates the deaths and disappearances during the dictatorship. The Brazilian president recently said he took that step because he didnít trust in the commissionís credibility.

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