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Fourteen killers who had seized control of a Brazilian federal prison swapped 14 hostages for three cars and four lawyers and sped away, chased by police and a television film crew. The convicts took control of the model Papuda prison and held the hostages--including three university students--at gunpoint for more than 31 hours before making the deal to release them. Police inspector Rogerio Vernardino made an emotional radio plea for reporters and others not to try to follow the getaway cars. "There are human lives at stake," he said.

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