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Brazilian state must pay former female inmate

August 14, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian public defenders say a judge has ordered the Sao Paulo state government to pay more than $20,000 to a woman who had her hands and feet shackled while giving birth in a hospital when she was a prison inmate.

The Sao Paulo State Public Defender’s Office says in a statement the shackles violated the women’s “honor and intimacy.”

Paula Paulenas is a press officer with the public defender’s office. She said Thursday that the former inmate was eight months pregnant when she was arrested in 2011. She did not reveal the woman’s name or say why she was being held.

Paulenas said the state government could appeal the ruling by Judge Fausto Seabra.

Calls to the judge’s office for more details went unanswered.

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