For the first time in 31 years, the Public Ministry of Paraná (MPPR) said it understood that the convictions of the seven accused for the death of the boy Evandro Ramos Caetano, in Guaratuba, on the coast of Paraná, may be unfair. The speech came from prosecutor Silvio Couto Neto, who said he did not see conclusive evidence that they had committed a crime. The Court of Justice of Paraná (TJPR) judges, this Thursday (9), the criminal review of Osvaldo Marcineiro and Davi dos Santos Soares.
The prosecutor’s speech took place after support from the defendants’ defense lawyer Antonio Augusto Figueiredo Basto.
For Couto, there is no reliable “substrate” to maintain the convictions.
“This case is really disturbing. I started to study it and what I can see is that there was unbearable pressure from public opinion for it to be resolved. A statement has appeared that seems to have come out of nowhere, from nowhere, from an interested person. And, from that, investigations were developed to confirm this investigation,” he said.
The statement Couto refers to is from a family member of Evandro, Diógenes Caetano dos Santos, who allegedly carried out an unofficial investigation into the case. It was after this that the seven accused were arrested.
“From the bottom of my heart, with all the experience accumulated in more than three decades as an MP, I was unable to reach the conclusion that there was evidence, so I don’t see how to say that the convictions were fair”, concluded the MPPR prosecutor.
The change of opinion comes just over two years after the Globoplay series Caso Evandro aired. The project adapted the podcast Project Humans, by journalist Ivan Mizanzuk.
In audiovisual works, new tapes are revealed, which prove that the confessions were motivated by torture.
The so-called criminal review is precisely characterized as an action that aims to modify a final and unappealable decision. Provided for in Article 621 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CPP), it is admitted when the conviction is contrary to the evidence in the case and also with the discovery of new evidence of innocence, which would be the case of the tapes.
In 1992, seven people were arrested for their alleged involvement in Evandro’s death in Guaratuba: Osvaldo Marcineiro, Vicente de Paula Ferreira, Davi dos Santos Soares, Francisco Sérgio Cristofolini and Airton Bardelli dos Santos. The case, however, gained intense national repercussion due to the presence of two detainees: Beatriz Cordeiro Abagge and Celina Abagge, daughter and wife of the then mayor of Guaratuba.
For decades, the case was known in the press as ‘Bruxas de Guaratuba’. The turnaround only happened with the publication of the podcast ‘Human Project: Evandro Case’. In it, Ivan Mizanzuk proves the occurrence of torture.
One of the accused, Vicente de Paula, died in 2011, at the Penal Medical Complex, in Pinhais, in the Metropolitan Region of Curitiba.
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