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Judge: Process prisoners in stadium

September 24, 2013
By Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO -- A World Cup stadium being built in the isolated Brazilian state of Amazonas may not become a white elephant after all.

At least one judge in the area has come up with a post-World Cup use: a prisoner processing center.

Brazil is readying 12 stadiums for next year's World Cup, and several -- including the new stadium in Manaus -- will be little used after the tournament.

FIFA and Brazilian officials were the subject of widespread protests three months ago during the Confederations Cup, a warm-up for the World Cup.

Millions took to the streets to protest spending billions on sports events in a country with poor public services, high taxes and stark social inequality.

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