RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 24 (Reuters) - A Brazilian court sentenced a
former civil servant to 54 years in jail for the abduction and killing of three
street children, Globo TV Network said on Saturday.
Eduardo Alves Salgado, a former employee of the Traffic Department in the
state of Minas Gerais, abducted the three children from the centre of the
state capital Belo Horizonte in March 1996, Globo said.
After binding their hands, he shot them each in the head and dumped their
bodies in a forest on the city's outskirts where they were later discovered.
Officials were not available for comment.
Salgado was arrested and detained two months later after he was identified
by a teenage witness to the shootings who escaped from the scene, Globo
Homeless children sleeping on the streets is a common sight in many
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