SAO PAULO – A Truth Commission in Brazil says it is looking into the death of former President Juscelino Kubistchek, who died in a 1976 car accident.
A commission official Wednesday said by telephone the investigation began late last year after the bar association of Minas Gerais state delivered a report saying the death was ordered by Brazil's 1964-1985 military regime. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the press.
In 2000, then-Rio de Janeiro Gov. Leonel Brizola said the crash that killed Kubistchek was a part of Operation Condor, a continentwide campaign of political killings and torture. Kubistchek was a centrist who opposed the military coup and had hoped to run again for president in 1965. He was president from 1956 to 1961.