Carlos Alberto Brilhante Ustra

Carlos Alberto Brilhante Ustra (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈkaʁlws awˈbɛʁtw bɾˈjʎɐ̃t(ʃ)j ˈustɾɐ]; 28 July 1932 – 15 October 2015) was a Brazilian army officer and politician, who served as a colonel in the Brazilian Army.

Brilhante Ustra
Ustra in 2013
Personal details
Carlos Alberto Brilhante Ustra

(1932-07-28)28 July 1932
Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Died15 October 2015(2015-10-15) (aged 83)
Brasília, Brazil
Military service
Nickname(s)Dr. Tibiriçá
AllegianceBrazil Brazil
Branch/serviceCoat of arms of the Brazilian Army.svg Brazilian Army
RankCoronel.png Colonel

Born in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Ustra was the head of the DOI-CODI, an investigation division of the Second Army from 1970 to 1974. He became known by the codename Dr. Tibiriçá. While head of DOI-CODI, 47 people officially died, although further investigation attributed 502 tortures to the division under his administration.

In 2008, Ustra became the first military official to be recognized, by a civil court in São Paulo, as a torturer during the dictatorship. He continued to be politically active in military clubs, in defense of the military dictatorship and anticommunist critics.[1]

He died at the age of 83 on 15 October 2015 of pneumonia caused by multiple organ failure after several weeks in hospital in Brasília.[2]


  1. ^ "Juiz condena coronel Ustra por seqüestro e tortura". Order of Attorneys of Brazil (in Portuguese). 10 October 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  2. ^ Amorim, Felipe. "Morre coronel Ustra, ex-chefe do DOI-Codi durante a ditadura". UOL. Retrieved 16 October 2015.