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Bandeira | Half-Mast for Rights Attorney

Dateline: SAMBODIA, where the land of samba meets the killing fields of Cambodia.

The Estadão reports.

Attorney executed on the North Shore had reported receiving threats.

Assassinated with 14 shots last Thursday in Caraguatatuba, along São Paulo’s North Shore, attorney Diego Luiz Berbare Bandeira had warned during a meeting at the state assembly on 19 June that he was receiving death threats from persons displeased with his activity as part of the human rights commission of the local OAB section.

The OAB is the Brazilian equivalent of the bar association. 

Judging from a Google News google, the incident has been largely unreported, or under-reported.

The attorney had denounced state judicial and military police, prison wardens and other officials by name.

The attorney was slain by two men as he arrived home last Thursday evening. Witness statements taken by police say the assassins were riding a motorcycle and wearing helmets, and disappeared after shooting Bandeira.

This is a classic sicário-style execution scenario, generally speaking, although in this case might it  have been perpetrated with an automatic assault rifle rather than the usual two pistol shots to the nape of the neck?

In a video recorded during a meeting of the state assembly’s human rights committee, the attorney denounced corruption and inhumane treatment of prisoners at the Caraguatatuba Temporary Detention Center, citing the names of military police troopers engaged in drug trafficking and saying he was targeted by threats because his work had certain people worried.

Marco Aurélio (PT), chairman of the state assembly’s human rights committee, was present at the June meeting and released a statement last week lamenting the murder of his colleague. “The death of Diego Bandeira must be pursued; it cannot go unpunished. We on the human rights committee will follow up on the allegations he made. His death cannot have been in vain,” said Marco Aurélio.

Tomorrow — 30 August — the OAB human rights committee will be in Caraguatatuba.

Along the coast highway BR-101, Caraguatatuba is not far from the resort town of São Sebastião, where a year or so ago a posse of masked bandits burned down the regional newspaper and threated to burn the staff up with it.

Just up the coast is the historical city of Paraty, Cannes-like venue of the annual literary festival and also one of the most violent prefectures in Brasil.

Trouble in paradise.