Police jailed for prison killings

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Twenty-Three Brazilian police officers have been found guilty of killing 13 inmates during a 1992 riot at Sao Paulo’s Carandiru prison that left 111 inmates dead.

Judge Jose Augusto Marzagao yesterday sentenced each of those convicted to prison terms of 156 years.

The officers were originally charged with killing 15 inmates, but prosecutors said that two of them had been stabbed to death by fellow inmates. The officers are free pending appeal.

Another 79 officers will be tried in the coming months in connection with the killings at the now-closed prison.