April 22, 1991
Case: Ivan Rocha
Host of the program “A voz de Ivan Rocha”
He was abducted on April 22, 1991 as he was passing an empty lot. He was on his way to meet with his girlfriend at the university. His body has never been found.
Sentenced in 1991 to five years in prison were Salvador Rodrigues Brandão Filho and Antônio Carlos Ribeiro de Souza, a military policeman.
Sentences reversed and acquittals: (+)
Salvador Rodrigues Brandão Filho and Antônio Carlos Ribeiro de Souza appealed sentence and were acquitted on the basis that the body was never found.
In 1991 Domingos Cardoso dos Santos was put on trial but acquitted.
Released / Sentence commuted: (+)
Salvador Rodrigues Brandão Filho and Antônio Carlos Ribeiro de Souza.
Jailed awaiting trial: (+)
Suspects not charged: (+)
The case was shelved in 1994 due to lack of evidence against the suspects. It was argued that the journalist’s body had never been found.
On May 23, 2003 the case was submitted by the IAPA to the IACHR. Case No. P-702-03.