GNR soldiers filmed themselves torturing immigrants in Odemira

Having analyzed the images, the Public Ministry has no doubts: “They were doing it in a manifest excessive use of the power of authority that the military post confers on them.” More: “All the defendants acted with satisfaction and contempt for the individuals”, reads an indictment of November 10 of this year and to which CNN Portugal and TVI had access.

The evidence was seized in 2019 by the Judiciary Police, when they collected the mobile phones from five military personnel at the GNR post in Vila Nova de Milfontes, Odemira, suspected of alleged ill-treatment of immigrants. The Setubal Judiciary Police was already investigating the five soldiers for similar facts.

One of those cell phones, owned by a 25-year-old guard, revealed the images that CNN and TVI are now publishing. There are seven videos in total and show scenes of violence, xenophobic insults, humiliation and incidents of physical torture against several workers in the region, which mainly absorbs labor dedicated to agriculture, from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. As can be seen in the videos collected by the PJ, the elements of the GNR set up false stop operations to “catch” the immigrants. One of them is taken to a field at night and tortured with pepper spray, which the military forced him to inhale through the mouth and nose through the tube of the blood alcohol measuring device, known as the “balloon test”.

The prosecutor of the Public Ministry also does not seem to have doubts about the reasons for these acts: “Hate clearly directed at the nationalities they had and just because of that fact and because they knew that, because of that circumstance, they were easy targets.”

Of the victims identified in the images, one has already died in an accident and others will have left the country.

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