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Brazil: Extrajudicial execution of prisoner in Corumba

, Index number: AMR 19/016/1993

Reinaldo Silva, an 18-year-old Paraguayan citizen, was reportedly killed on 20 March 1993 by members of the military police, while in custody at the Hospital de Caridade, Corumba, Mato Grosso do Sul. He had given himself up to the police under the protection of the Paraguayan consul in Corumba, in connection with the murder of an off-duty police officer. He had been wounded during the incident, and was taken under police custody to the local hospital. While there he was shot dead when his room was reportedly invaded by over 40 uniformed military police officers, who had overcome the resistance of the hospital staff and the police guard. Despite initial detention, the police accused of participating in the killing, continue to serve on active duty.

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