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Brazil jails policemen

A court in Brazil has sentenced 23 policemen to a total of 156 years for the killing of inmates in a Sao Paolo jail.

111 prisoners were killed during a massacre in Carandiru jail, after two rival prison gangs clashed. 13 of those killed were shot by the convicted policemen.

"We never thought they would come in and kill people randomly, as not everyone had joined the rebellion," former prisoner Jacy de Oliveira told BBC Brasil's Luis Kawaguti.

"The policemen began shooting everyone; I was on the fifth floor, if you looked a policeman in the eyes, you were dead," he said.

The lawyer for the policemen argued that they were acting in self-defence, as the prisoners were armed.

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