• Short Summary

    Caxias Jail -- five miles (8 kilometres) from Lisbon -- was one of the most feared institutions in Portugal before last April's coup d'etat.

  • Description

    Caxias Jail -- five miles (8 kilometres) from Lisbon -- was one of the most feared institutions in Portugal before last April's coup d'etat.

    The jail was used for imprisoning political enemies of the right-wing regime.

    During this time there were allegations of torture, executions, prolonged solitary confinement, and forced labour being imposed on the inmates.

    The present Government denies that these methods are still used in the jail which now contains 189 prisoners.

    One of these is Signor Artur Agostinho -- a well-known former broadcasting personality -- who was imprisoned two weeks ago. He has not been charged with any crime and claims he does not know why he was detained.

    He says he has been denied normal legal rights.

    There are about 50 guards at the prison. A few of these have been replaced since the April coup and, at present, a detachment of 200 naval marines is on duty at the jail.

    This film includes an English language interview with Senor Agostinho. A transcript follows:

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    Film ID:
    VLVACZMTWBQOBDRA20DJDIN93ZADN
    Media URN:
    VLVACZMTWBQOBDRA20DJDIN93ZADN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/10/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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