Brazil court orders ‘murder’ goalkeeper back to prison

Brasília (AFP) – Brazil’s Supreme Court ordered the re-incarceration Tuesday of a professional goalkeeper released after partially serving a sentence for the gruesome murder of his ex-girlfriend.

“The Supreme Court has revoked its decision suspending his imprisonment,” the court said in a statement.

The goalkeeper, Bruno Fernandes das Dores de Souza, must return to custody “with immediate effect,” a court source told AFP.

Bruno, as he is universally known in Brazil, was freed in February by the top court pending an appeal against his 2013 sentence of 22 years prison for his role in the woman’s slaying.

He’d been incarcerated since 2010 for his role in the kidnapping, imprisonment and killing of model Eliza Samudio, who had sued him for child support after he got her pregnant.

Samudio’s body has never been found. Bruno admitted in court he had conspired with friends to kill her and that her body had been fed in pieces to dogs. 

He has never admitted to taking direct part in the murder and disposal of the body, but he was convicted all the same.

In March, the star former keeper at top Rio de Janeiro club Flamengo, was signed up by second division team Boa Esporte in the southeastern city of Varginha.

His quick reentry into the sport sparked fierce criticism and the exit of the club’s main sponsor.

Brazil is one of the world’s most violent countries. One in three women was attacked, threatened or harassed in the previous 12 months, according to a March survey by Datafolha.

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