Caxias Jail -- five miles (8 kilometres) from Lisbon -- was one of the most feared institutions in Portugal before last April's coup d'etat.
GV EXT Jail
CU Guards on patrol (2 shots)
CU Prison windows
GV INT Prison corridor
MV PAN INTERIOR Cell
CU Visiting quarters
MV Guards oepning prison door
MV Agostinho looks out of cell window at prison guards
CU Agostinho interviewed
REPORTER: "Have you made any equiries about whether you will have a court trial?"
AGOSTINHO: "Yes. They read me a paper....his name in Portuguese is (INDISTINCT) paper. In this paper is write the suspicion that I am a memebr of an association of (INDISTINCT) how you say in English (INDISTINCT)?"
REPORTER: "Were you ever the memebr of a political party?"
AGOSTINHO: "No, nothing about political with me."
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Background: 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: