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Date: Fri, 23 Jan 98 15:14:07 CST
From: John Kilcrann <sejup@alternex.com.br>
Subject: Brazil: Slave labor / Environment
Article: 26169

Progress in the struggle against impunity: Joao Canuto murder case

EJUP (Servico Brasileiro de Justica e Paz), News from Brazil, No. 300, 21 January 1998

The case against the murderers of Joao Canuto, President of the Union of Rural Workers of Rio Maria who was assassinated in 1985, is moving full steam ahead. Those being charged are Adilson Laranjeira, who at the time was mayor of Rio Maria, and a rancher, Vantuir Gonzalves de Paula. It took eight years for the police inquest to be concluded. However, since this past October the trial has moved along rapidly. Almost all of the testimony has been heard. It is expected that the jury trial will be completed early this year.