Portuguese President defends corruption investigation

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Pedro Calado in Funchal, April 2019. The Portuguese President defends corruption investigation
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Pedro Calado in Funchal in April 2019 after the German coach crash

The President of the Republic defended today, regarding investigations related to the Regional Government of Madeira, that judicial processes are part of democracy and considered that there is tranquility and institutional stability.

Speaking to journalists, at the Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said about the corruption investigations that “the State Council was not called to intervene” because its authorization is not necessary for an advisor, in this case, the President of the Regional Government, Miguel Albuquerque, be the target of searches.

Refusing to comment specifically on the three judicial inquiries related to the Regional Government and public entities in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, the head of State stated that “judicial processes are part of the logic of democracy” and that “justice must really exercise Its function, its mission, which is a constitutional mission, is to investigate”.

According to Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, “(the corruption) investigation emerges when it arises, there are no calendars that have to do with politics, with the economy, with another social reality and, therefore, this must develop as a natural activity”.

Possible dissolution of the Regional Legislative Assembly of Madeira?

When asked if he considered there to be a climate of unrest after the corruption investigation, the President of the Republic replied: “No, there is tranquility, institutional stability”.

The head of state did not want to comment on a possible scenario of dissolution of the Regional Legislative Assembly of Madeira – similar to what was decided at national level in November last year, following the resignation of the prime minister – nor on whether the PSD/ CDS-PP headed by Miguel Albuquerque is able to remain in office.

“I will not now be commenting on an issue that would mean, on the one hand, commenting on an electoral process and, on the other hand, relating it to an ongoing electoral period, or to the national political situation. I don’t think it makes sense,” he declared.

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12 thoughts on “Portuguese President defends corruption investigation”

  1. Subject: Whaling monument in Canical

    Some years ago there was a monument in Canical showing a whaling boat with crew, in the process of harpooning a whale with hand held harpoons. It was showing the same situation as the considerably bigger monument in Sandefjord, Norway.
    I shall deliver a short presentation of Madeira whaling in a club for old whalers in Sandefjord soon, and I would vedry much like to know what happened to the Canical monument. When was it taken down? Was it taken down because of “political correctness” so as not to offend tourists? I hope you can give me some information, and, if possible, a photo of the monument.
    Yours faithfully
    Robert K. Meinich

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  2. I again suggest,await the due process of law to run its course, this hasn’t been a local investigation, read the build up to this, it’s a very,very big investigation, people have been arrested and carted off,to the mainland. What ever their ultimate fate,let’s hope that it shakes up enough of the people left in government and anyone entering politics in the resultant new batch enough to say, ” We are here as the key holders,for the rights of the people” and that’s what we are paid to do.

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  3. I bought a property and came to live in Madeira 12 years ago. One of the first things I was told by a local was, don’t get mixed up in politics here, don’t try and get into a business. Corruption is rampant, there is a local mafia. In the financial crisis of 2008 Portugal (and other countries like Greece and Ireland) had to be bailed out by the EU. The EU went over accounts. 1B euros had « gone missing » in Madeira. It was never found and no one went to jail.

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  4. 📢 Let’s defend democracy! Trial by media undermines the presumption of innocence, a fundamental principle of our society. While accountability is important, rushing to judgment without a fair trial erodes our values. We must protect due process, where evidence is examined and witnesses are heard. Trial by media can ruin reputations and perpetuate biases. Our democracy is built on fairness and justice. Let’s be cautious before jumping to conclusions based on media reports. Encourage critical thinking and respect for the legal process. Together, we can defend our democracy and ensure justice for all. 💪⚖️ #PresumptionOfInnocence #DefenceOfDemocracy

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    • Well said complete agree no need the hysteria of the press and people making assumptions and conclusions plus making judgements that everyone involved is guilty without the justice finish their investigation and enquirers

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  5. Well in that one I don’t think so . The guilty ones in the UK still going one with their lives complete immune of anything and it seems that all the investigations and enquirers been brush under the carpet complete . In the end my conclusion is that some of them seem above of justice and the law to get away everything and anything . And even some of them have the audacity to relay in the taxpayers money for continue pay for their luxurious lifestyle and even defence goes beyond my comparison how the UK people manage to allow that .

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