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Brazil panel criticizes arrest, torture of Chinese

September 26, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Truth Commission investigating human rights abuses under Brazil’s former military dictatorship wants the government to annul the 1965 expulsion of nine Chinese government officials who were charged with conspiring against the military regime.

Commission spokesman Marcelo Oliveira says the nine were in Brazil as part of a trade mission and were arrested shortly after the military took power in 1964. They were sentenced to 10 years in prison and expelled one year later.

At a public hearing where the case was discussed Friday, Rio de Janeiro State Truth Commission President Nadine Borges told reporters the Chinese “were arrested and tortured here in Rio and we want the government to revoke the arrested warrants and the expulsion order.”

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