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Police ‘Mano G’, involved in the massacre in Compaj in 2002, will be on trial this Monday

Gelson Carnaúba, aka 'Mano G'. (Reproduction / Divulgation)

Priscilla Peixoto – Cenarium Magazine

MANAUS – Gelson Lima Carnauba, popularly known as “Mano G”, will be judged from this Monday, 22, by the Court of Amazonas (Tjam). Considered as a highly dangerous criminal, Gelson goes to the dock for being one of the main involved in the massacre that occurred in 2002 in the regime of the Closed Penitentiary Complex Anísio Jobim (Compaj), located at Km 08 of BR-174, resulting in the violent death of 12 inmates and a prison guard.

The Amazonas justice system will also try Marco da Cruz and Francisco Pereira, accused of being accomplices of “Mano G” in the massacre that took place in the complex. During the trial that will be held in the Justice Forum Ministro Henoch Reis, located in the São Francisco neighborhood, South Zone of Manaus, only Marcos da Cruz will participate in person. Francisco and “Mano G” will follow the trial by videoconference, both are imprisoned in federal prison units.

There will be at least two days of trial, presided over by Judge Anésio Rocha Pinheiro. As prosecutors, Marcelo Augusto Silva Pinheiro and Lilian Nara Pinheiro de Almeida were chosen by the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the State of Amazonas to act in the session that will be closed to the public and the press, to avoid crowds.

On May 25, 2002, Compaj was the scene of a violent scenario, motivated by the death of the inmate identified as André Luis Pereira, who, according to information from the inmates of the complex, had been beaten and tortured by prison guards.

In the rebellion, the inmates used hammers, sharp objects, and even revolvers to murder their cellmates. It is worth mentioning that the massacre resulted in one of the largest jury court cases, with more than 7,300 pages.