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World Cup Stadium 'Could Process Prisoners '
A stadium being built for Brazil's World Cup could become a prisoner processing system - if one local judge gets his way.
There are worries the stadium, being built in Manaus - on the doorstep of the Amazon jungle, could become a white elephant and stand idle after next year's tournament.
But Judge Sabino Marques has proposed an alternative idea.
"He would, perhaps, suggest to the government of the state of Amazonas that the stadium be used as a processing centre for prisoners after the World Cup," said a court spokesman, quoting Marques.
Marques is also the president of a group that monitors the prison system in the state.
The new 44,000-seat stadium is being built at a cost of $275m (£172m) but will host only four World Cup matches.
The city of 2.3 million people also has no team in Brazil's first or second division and little football tradition.
Fifa requires only eight stadiums for the World Cup, but Brazil has decided to have 12.
New venues are also being built in cities such as Brasilia, Cuiaba and Natal.
Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo has defended the legacy of the stadiums as "centres for sports and non-sports events" and has suggested they would be places for conventions, shows and fairs.
Jose Maria Marin, the president of the Brazilian Football Federation, said earlier this year that finding uses for some stadiums will "depend on the creativity, the imagination of the owners and the operators of these stadiums".
Brazilians vented their frustration at the cost of the World Cup at protests during June's Confederations Cup tournament.
Many are unhappy at the $13.3bn (£8.3bn) being spent on infrastructure, including stadiums, ahead of the showpiece event.
The country still has a problem with extreme poverty and is also shelling out for the Olympics in 2016.