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Wednesday, 24 May, 2000, 23:31 GMT 00:31 UK
Brazil to probe ex-president's death
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Brazil: Compensation payout to families of missing
By Ian Bruce in Sao Paulo

A parliamentary committee has been set up in Brazil to investigate the death of the country's former president, Joao Goulart, who died in exile in Argentina in 1976.

Mr Goulart, a left-leaning populist overthrown by Brazil's military coup in 1964, officially died in an Argentinian clinic of a heart attack.

But family members say they believe the former president may have been a victim of Operation Condor, conducted jointly by several South American military dictatorships with the aim of killing regime opponents.

The accusation comes amidst a recent flurry of revelations concerning Operation Condor.

Mr Goulart's son, Joao Vicente Goulart, says he fears his father may have been poisoned. He wants the body exhumed to settle the matter once and for all.

Authorities under pressure

Questions have also been raised about the deaths of two other former Brazilian leaders, Juscelino Kubitschek in a car crash, and Carlos Lacerda after mistaken medical treatment.

So far there has been no concrete evidence of foul play in any of these cases.

Many human rights activists think it is unlikely. They say the politicians in question never represented enough of a threat to have provoked such an extreme reaction.

But the setting up of this parliamentary inquiry shows the Brazilian authorities are under considerable pressure to shed light on the country's role in the region-wide repression of the 1970s and 1980s.

It comes just hours after the justice minister revealed that Brazil had decided to pay compensation to the families of three Argentinian opposition activists who disappeared in Brazil in 1980.

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