Albuquerque has double immunity

… but will not use it

Albuquerque, who has said hhe will not use his immunity when he steps down next month

As reported in the previous post, Albuquerque will not use his immunity: The former President once again made it clear that he will lose his parliamentary immunity when he ceases to be president of the Regional Government and that, therefore, from that moment on he is “available” to respond in the process in which is investigated. “I have no problem with that and I’m not going to run anywhere,” he told the press.

Albuquerque actually has double immunity due to being president of the Regional Government of Madeira and a State councillor. This protection prevents him from being detained without authorization from the regional assembly and the Council of State – unless in flagrante delicto, in crimes with a prison sentence of more than three years – but allows him to be accused in a judicial process.

The political-administrative statute of the Autonomous Region of Madeira provides that, in terms of immunity, members of the regional government are equated to ministers of the Republic.

In light of the law on crimes of political responsibility for political office holders, ministers cannot be detained or imprisoned without authorization from the Assembly of the Republic, “except for intentional crime with a prison sentence of more than three years and in flagrante delicto”. But defendants can be named, as happened with João Galamba, who held office at the time he was granted this status in Operation Influencer when the government became involved in concessions for lithium mines in northern Portugal, and now with Miguel Albuquerque, in operation Zarco in which he is being investigated for corruption crimes.

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2 thoughts on “Albuquerque has double immunity”

  1. People want to get on the World stage in politics, Getting on the Stage all very well. Actress once said It knowing how you get off it and when. It’s how the people remember you at the end of the act. Many Leaders fail to remember that.

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  2. It seems a simple question but when will he be summoned to Lisbon to be questioned and charged. European law is very different from the UK. Defendants are not questioned by magistrates until they are charged by the Police/PPS. It seems in this case defendants are not even defendants as they have not been charged but are questioned by magistrates who assess if charges should be brought. Or have I got it all wrong?

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