Brazilian Police Officer Turned Pastor Confesses To Dictatorship Era Killings

Posted by Engram Wilkinson

Cláudio Guerra, a former Brazilian police official, admits to having incinerated the bodies of disappeared, leftist guerillas during the military dictatorship. A recently published article outlines Guerra’s work as an evangelical pastor, as well as willingness to appear before Brazil’s Truth Commission (also see this article in Portuguese). In his book Memórias de uma Guerra Suja, or Memories of a Dirty War, Guerra writes about the sugar-cane power plant in Rio de Janeiro where the corpses were incinerated. “I was in charge of bringing them there,” reads an excerpt from Memórias. “Everybody had been killed by methods of torture.”

Guerra was a member of the repressive Department of Social and Political Order (DOPS). Vitória Garbois, president of Tortura Nunca Mais no Rio, Torture Never Again in Rio, is suspicious of Guerra and his book. “His name has never been on the lists of those accused of violent repression, she says. Despite Garbois’ suspicions, Maria do Rosario, Brazil’s Minister of Human Rights, says the Truth Commission will investigate Guerra’s claims.

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One Response to Brazilian Police Officer Turned Pastor Confesses To Dictatorship Era Killings

  1. Interesting. This doesn’t seem to be a straightforward confession, judging by reactions. Any idea what to make of it?

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