Brazil court convicts three for rape of American tourist in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:48pm EDT

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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A Brazilian court on Wednesday convicted three men for the rape of an American tourist in Rio de Janeiro this year, a crime that called global attention to security concerns ahead of the World Cup, Olympics and other major international events set to take place in the city.

Jonathan Froudakis de Souza and Walace Aparecido Souza were both sentenced to 49 years, 3 months and 11 days for the crimes of grand theft, rape and extortion. Carlos Armando Costa dos Santos was sentenced to 21 years and 7 months, according to a statement released by Rio de Janeiro state's Court of Justice late Wednesday. All three men are in their early twenties.

The crime occurred in March after the American student and her French boyfriend hailed a van operated by the three men as it passed through the touristy seaside neighborhood of Copacabana. Minivans are used by millions of residents in Rio as an alternative to packed buses and subway trains.

Instead of taking the couple to their intended destination in central Rio, the men forced other passengers to leave the van and then proceeded to rape the woman and beat her boyfriend with a metal rod, police said.

The perpetrators then went on to rob the victims and demand codes for debit and credit cards, according to the court's statement.

Despite progress against drug traffickers and petty crime, Rio continues to suffer from violent crime at levels above that of many other cities of comparable size.

(Reporting by Asher Levine; editing by Andrew Hay)

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Comments (2)
doer wrote:
Sadly these sentences are only window dressing. These lads will probably be released after a year or two for a “Christmas Break” and never return to the penitenciary. Often convicts are given a “regime semi aberto”, which allows them to “work” during the day. Often theyleave for work and never return. The justice system here needs work.

Aug 15, 2013 4:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Potuz wrote:
Vague statements like the last one: “Rio continues to suffer from violent crime at levels above that of many other cities of comparable size.” seem to imply that Rio is a dangerous and violent city when the article is about a single crime in a city of 6 million (12 counting the metropolitan area), the keyword “many” in that sentence makes it essentially and irrefutable one, but also a misleading phrase. It may well be that Rio is a dangerous place, but unless concrete numbers are cited I just don’t like when a serious journal like Reuters makes these kinds of implicit implications without references.

Aug 16, 2013 7:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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