Brazil's Rousseff resists pressure to prosecute dictatorship crimes

December 8, 2014 7:40 PM

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Brazil's Rousseff resists pressure to prosecute dictatorship crimes

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - As a young Marxist in the early 1970s, Dilma Rousseff was jailed, hung upside down and tortured with electric shocks to her feet, head and breasts by Brazil's military dictatorship.

Yet today, as president, Rousseff is refusing to take steps forcing military officers from that era to face prosecution for such abuses, believing Brazil's hard-won democratic stability matters more than her personal beliefs or past.

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