Brazil: 26 police tried in 1992 prison massacre

AP News
Posted: Apr 08, 2013 11:36 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Trial has begun in Brazil for 26 military police officers charged in an infamous 1992 prison riot massacre that left 111 inmates dead. More than 20 years after the killing at Sao Paulo's Carandiru prison, no officers have been convicted in connection with the deaths.

Many of the 26 officers in the proceedings that kicked off Monday in Sao Paulo remain on active duty. They are charged in the deaths of 15 inmates in one of several of the prison's pavilions.

The proceedings are expected to last as long as two weeks and are to be followed by several other trials that will see a total of 79 military police officers tried.

The massacre took place on Oct. 2, 1992, following a three-hour-long riot at the overcrowded facility.