Brazil Torture Victim's Testimony Triggers Landmark Case

8/20/2019

Details provided by the sole survivor of a torture center in Brazil could lead to the imprisonment of a man accused of raping her during her captivity.

The accused has so far been shielded by a 1979 amnesty law which prevents military officials from being prosecuted for crimes committed under military rule. But now a court has ruled that he should stand trial for the alleged rape of Inês Etienne Romeu, who managed to survive her time at the clandestine torture center by pretending she had been "turned" by her captors.

More than 400 people were killed or disappeared during Brazil's military rule and Ms. Romeu's detailed account of her months in captivity at the clandestine prison dubbed "House of Death" were key in bringing information about the military's excesses to light.

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