In times of legal uncertainty, political turmoil and official disregard for the pandemic, Covid-19 caused the death of criminal lawyer Boris Trindade, who dedicated himself to defending political prisoners during the military dictatorship in Pernambuco.
He died last Saturday (5), in Recife, at 85 years of age.
In a statement, the OAB-PE says that Bóris Trindade “is, and will continue to be, a reference for Pernambuco law”. “It leaves us a huge gap, but also a great legacy of firm and vigorous defense of fundamental rights.”
His son Eduardo Trindade, also a lawyer, wrote in the Diário de Pernambuco:
“He was a strenuous defender of freedom, individual guarantees and the Democratic Rule of Law, having acted firmly in the defense of political prisoners in the ‘times of lead’.
Boris Trindade, used to call himself: lawyer, period.
When they invited him to a lecture and asked for his résumé, he would send it like this: Boris Trindade, lawyer.
And when they insisted asking for titles, medals and the like, he would say with great pride: I’m just a lawyer!”
From a family of journalists, Bóris graduated in 1960 from the Recife Faculty of Law. He was also a theater producer and occasional actor. There was a circus as a child.
He was a journalist for ten years. He did a social chronicle, police report, film and theater critic, editorial and even horoscope.
Eduardo says that his father “had no greater joy than obtaining a release permit, which was his ‘love’ in the book he wrote”, in 1983 [“Alvará de Soltura, Meu Amor“, com segunda edição lançada em 2018 pela Unacrim – União dos Advogados Criminalistas].
The president of Unacrim, Carlos Barros, says in the presentation of the book that Bóris “has a singular wit as a striking etiquette, revealed in his agile and fulminating ‘strikes’, sometimes very refined, sometimes crazed, but always forged in his vast literary and humanistic baggage ”.
Judge Roberto Wanderley Nogueira, his friend, says that Bóris, “a writer with a light pen, left true poetic treatises in honor of his craft, which he exercised with total mastery and irreproachable dignity”.
“’Alvará de Soltura, Meu Amor’ has become a classic of the forensic chronicle among us and an ode to Advocacy”, says Nogueira.
In the book’s ear, journalist Waldimir Maia Leite introduces the author as follows:
“Here a man of the law is caught, deviated from journalism.”
The Blog selected this chronicle about his first role in defending political prisoners:
The poet’s request and the beginning of everything
The Government Palace was certainly not my place during the first week of the Military Coup.
There I was, nominated by the lawyer José David Gil Rodrigues, to the then governor Paulo Guerra, as a cabinet officer.
When I got home, several messages were waiting for me after an exhausting walk through some countryside towns. And the invitation was accepted.
April 1964: I felt that this was not my place.
One day, the poet Edson Régis, then Secretary of the Government, asked me to defend two political prisoners, one of whom, Maria Celeste Vidal, a member of the Peasant Leagues, an organization where I worked as a lawyer, for a long time, called by Francisco Julião .
It was my first political cause. With her, the decisive reason for him to leave the Palace of Campo das Princesas.
There, the idea of how the legal-military processes were developed also began to be generated.
Council composed of army officers.
After the hearing began, the defendants in the process were interrogated –as determined by the then Code of Military Justice– I argued the military incompetence under the allegation that it was not a military crime, things like that.
– Therefore, this Council is incompetent.
No sooner did I finish, and its president, annoyed:
– Your Excellency is incompetent!…