STJ reinstates police convictions for the Carandiru massacre – 06/09/2021 – Mônica Bergamo

The STJ (Superior Court of Justice) has reinstated the convictions of police officers who acted in the Carandiru massacre, in which 111 prisoners were killed in 1992.

The convictions of 73 police officers range from 125 to 600 years.

Minister Joel Paciornik understood that the São Paulo Court of Justice (TJ-SP) was wrong in 2018 when determining that the police officers should be tried again, nullifying all the condemnatory sentences.

The judges had signed, at the time, the understanding that the jurors who convicted the police had judged against the evidence in the file.

The Public Ministry of the State of SP appealed, and Paciornik accepted their arguments.

The cops are now definitively doomed.

The Court of Justice of São Paulo will only be able to examine the penalties applied to each one of the officers.

The TJ was chaired by Ivan Sartori, who reported the case. He is now retired and ran for mayor of Santos with the support of Jair Bolsonaro. It was defeated.​

At the time, Sartori voted for the annulment and acquittal of the defendants, emphasizing that there was no massacre in Carandiru, but rather an action in self-defense.

“There was no massacre. There was hierarchical obedience. There was self-defense. There was strict compliance with legal duty. Now, I don’t deny that, among them, there may have been some murderers,” he said.

“We judges cannot be influenced by the press, or by those who claim to have human rights. My conscience is here. I am the judge. I am the boss of my conscience,” he added.

Altogether, 74 military police officers had been convicted in five different juries, in 2013 and 2014, to sentences ranging from 48 to 624 years in prison. In all of them, the jury voted to convict the defendants. In September 2016, however, these juries were annulled by the São Paulo court.

Despite the convictions, the officers involved were never arrested.

In 2018, four judges voted to maintain the annulment and to have a new jury, while one judge voted for the annulment of the process and for all police officers to be acquitted.

On October 2, 1992, a fight sparked widespread conflict in Hall 9 of Carandiru. Police forces stormed the scene and killed 111 prisoners, each with an average of five shots. No cops died.

Surviving detainees were still forced to take off their clothes and pass through a Polish corridor made up of PMs. Then they were called in to help stack the bodies.

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