EXTERNAL AI Index: AMR 19/21/97
31 July 1997
Further information on UA 180/97 (AMR 19/16/97, 18 June 1997) - Fear for Safety
BRAZILMarcelo Denaday, Lawyer
Luis Renato Azevedo da Silveira, State prosecutor
Amnesty International is still concerned for the safety of state prosecutor,
Luis Renato Azevedo da Silveira and assistant lawyer, Marcelo Denaday, in
Vitória, Espírito Santo state. Both are currently investigating the murder
of Carlos Batista de Freitas, a case linked to the police organization Scuderie
Detetive le Cocq (SDLC), elements of which allegedly operate along the lines
of a "death squad". The SDLC is also believed to have links with powerful economic
and political groups in the state.
On 12 June 1997 Marcelo Denaday, a lawyer representing Carlos Batista’s family
and assisting the state prosecutor, suffered an attempt on his life. He was
driving home at 8pm with his wife and two children. Two hooded men on a motorcycle
drew up level with his car and two shots were fired through a silencer. The
bullets hit the windscreen but no one was hurt.
On 3 July 1997, the Secretary of Public Security reportedly promised that police
protection was given to Marcelo Denaday and Luis Renato Azevedo da Silveira.
According to reports, only Marcelo Denaday has received police protection and
this has not prevented him from receiving telephone death threats.
Luis Renato Azevedo, however, has not yet received police protection according
to information received by Amnesty International. AI is concerned that Luis
Renato Azevedo continues to be at serious risk because of his key position
as a state prosecutor investigating the SDLC.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/ airmail
letters in Portuguese or in your own language:
- urging the Espírito Santo authorities to take immediate measures to protect
Luiz Renato Azevedo da Silveira;
- expressing concern at the reported attempt on Marcelo Denaday’s life;
- calling upon the Espírito Santo authorities to investigate immediately the
attempted murder of Marcelo Denaday and to bring those responsible to justice;
- calling upon the Espírito Santo authorities to provide protection to witnesses
in other cases related to the SDLC;
- expressing concern at the high level of impunity enjoyed by perpetrators
of human rights violations in Espírito Santo;
- calling for all allegations of human rights violations committed by members
of the SDLC to be treated with the utmost urgency and for them to be immediately,
thoroughly and independently investigated.
Governor, Espírito Santo
Exmo. Sr. Governador do Estado do Espírito Santo
Sr. Vitor Buaiz
Vitória, Espírito Santo, CEP 29015-110 Brazil
Telegrams: Governador, Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil
Fax: +55 27 223 0815
Salutation: Your Excellency/ Vossa Excelência