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

Born in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Ustra was the head of the DOI-CODI of the Second Army from 1970 to 1974, and became known by the codename Dr. Tibiriçá.

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 age 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.