Brazil mulls exhuming ex-president Goulart
4 May AFP
Brazilian prosecutors said they were considering a request to exhume
an ousted president's remains to determine if he was killed in the 1970s
under a plan by rightwing rulers to suppress dissent.
Joao Goulart served as president from 1961-1964, and was ousted in a
military coup. He took refuge in Uruguay and Argentina, where he died in
1976. The official account says it was a heart attack.
The military went on to rule in Brazil from 1964-1985.
Since 2007, prosecutors have been probing whether Goulart was
poisoned as part of the Condor Plan - a coordinated effort by military
rulers in Argentina, Brazil and Chile to silence leftist dissent. The
request to exhume the remains of Goulart was made last month in the
state of Rio Grande do Sul.
No order has yet been issued to dig up the remains.
But a grandson of Goulart, Christopher Goulart, said it could come in
the next three months.
Two years ago, Chile exhumed the remains of former president Salvador
Allende, hoping to determine whether he committed suicide or was
murdered during a 1973 coup.
Chilean medical experts later concluded that Allende had killed
himself on the day of the coup, confirming an official version of events
by aides who said the former president had vowed to die with weapons