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Commission: Former Brazilian President's 1976 Death Was Murder

FILE - A full moon rises over the Juscelino Kubitschek Memorial in Brasilia, Brazil. (Reuters)
An investigative commission in Brazil says the car incident that killed former President Juscelino Kubitschek in 1976 was the result of a plot ordered by the military regime that was ruling the country.

The commission's president, Gilberto Natalini, said Tuesday that Kubitschek was "the victim of a conspiracy and a political crime." Before the investigation, officials said the former leader had died in a car accident on the highway between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

The commission analyzed 90 pieces of evidence before concluding that Kubitschek's death was a conspiracy.

Rumors of the murder conspiracy had swirled around Brazil for decades.

Kubitschek was president from 1956 to 1961 and had opposed the 1964 military coup.