Four convicted in Brazil for the fire in a nightclub that left 242 dead and more than 600 injured

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A Brazilian court on Friday sentenced four men for the fire that occurred on January 27, 2013 in a nightclub in Santa Maria (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) that left 242 dead and 636 injured, most of them young, they report local media.

The tragedy broke out in the Kiss nightclub, where a university party was being held, when the vocalist of the musical band Gurizada Fandangueira lit a pyrotechnic device and the sparks hit part of the ceiling, which was covered with a foam for sound insulation, causing the fire to spread rapidly.

“Immense gravity”

In addition, the fire released toxic gases that led to several deaths from suffocation, while some people lost their lives by being trampled amidst chaos. The fire extinguishers in the premises did not work and the premises had no emergency exit.

After ten days of trial, Judge Orlando Faccini Neto sentenced all the accused to prison. The penalty for Elissandro Spohr, owner of the nightclub, is 22 years and 6 months, while that of his partner Mauro Hoffman amounts to 19 years and 6 months. For their part, Marcelo de Jesus dos Santos, lead singer of the band, and Luciano Bonilha Leão, stage assistant, have been sentenced to 18 years in prison each.

“In a case like the present one, we must take into account that we are facing the death of 242 people, a circumstance that, in the orbit of the eventual intention, already contains immense gravity,” the magistrate declared.

Habeas corpus

Although Faccini determined that they were detained in court, Spohr’s defense requested habeas corpus for his client, which the Court of Justice accepted, so he could not be arrested. The other three convicts were granted the same right, which is why they will remain free pending the decision of the higher courts on their respective appeals.

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A total of 28 people, including some who were on the premises on the day of the fire, were present at the trial. “I burned 18% of my body and i lost a foot. I wear a prosthesis as a result of everything that happened, “explained Kellen Ferrreira, one of the survivors.

That fire was the second most serious in the country by number of victims, after the one that occurred in 1961 at the Niteroi American Circus, in Rio de Janeiro, where 503 people died, most of them children.

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