RIO DE JANEIRO – The case of a political prisoner who died in custody under Brazil’s 1964-1985 military regime represents the first time a human rights violation at a military hospital has been proved, the Rio de Janeiro state Truth Commission said Monday.
An investigation based on official documents of the period and on forensic records concluded that Raul Amaro Nin Ferreira was tortured for seven days leading up to his death on Aug. 11, 1971.
Truth Commission chair Nadine Borges wants the army to hand over to investigators the records of all activists who were in that hospital at some time during the junta’s rule.
“We knew there was torture and death within the military establishment, even though the armed forces deny it. What we didn’t know was that the Army Central Hospital was used for torture and executions. Raul’s case is the first to be revealed,” Borges said in a statement to the official news service Agencia Brasil.
In a message to the commission, the Ferreira family asked that the last surviving officer involved, retired Col. Jose Antonio Nogueira Belham, clear up certain omissions in the investigative report and reveal the names of the torturers.