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Brazil prosecutors: Judge takes first junta case

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -

Brazilian prosecutors say that for the first time a court will try two former military men for abuses allegedly carried out during the nation's military dictatorship.

   Federal prosecutors said Friday that a judge in Para state agreed to take on the case despite Brazil's 1979 amnesty law.

   Prosecutors accuse Sebastiao Moura and Licio Augusto Maciel of carrying out kidnappings in the early 1970s as part of the junta's campaign to crush the leftist Araguaia guerrilla movement.

   Brazil's amnesty law bars prosecutions for politically motivated crimes that were committed during the 1964-85 military regime. But prosecutors have argued that the kidnapping victims' bodies have never been found, making the cases current and thus not covered by the amnesty.

   Prosecutors say Judge Nair Pimenta de Castro will take the case.

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