Justice under fire

First defendant only heard after 8 days

Justice under fire makes headlines

Following up on the previous blog post detailing the lack of progress being made in Lisbon at the start of the investigative stage of the corruption charges being brought against the former Major of Funchal and two prominent local businessmen.

With a photograph of the lights on late at night at the Central Criminal Investigation Court in Lisbon, Justice under ‘fire’ to speed up and avoid “useless acts” is the headline in today’s edition of Diario de Notícias da Madeira this Thursday, February 1st. “Only on the eighth day after arrest did one of the three defendants begin to be heard by the judge in Lisbon”.

Madeiran Advogado (former Funchal Mayor Calado’s lawyer), Sá e Cunha, calls for more magistrates to intervene in complex justice processes. The Bar Association also criticizes delays in interrogations and judges suggest changes to the law. Searches turn up money and other items, including a ‘diamond’ of “negligible” value.

The question and answer phase only started a week after the arrest. Given the excessive time, the defender of Pedro Calado, one of those being investigated, states that “a good solution would be for there to be more investigating judges in these cases to carry out the interrogations”.

“By deploying judges to interrogate each of the defendants, this would certainly be much faster than it is,” he suggested. According to Calado’s representative, for 11 hours “procedural issues were dealt with, all in compliance with legal formalities”.

“In criminal proceedings, there is never excess zeal”, he considered, stating that, in his opinion, “all procedural subjects have made an effort to do their best and not to hamper the course of the investigation in any way”.

The arrival of evidence, requests, rectifications and readings are some of the known justifications for the delay in the process. 

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3 thoughts on “Justice under fire”

  1. Every Madeiran knows there is corruption on both large and small scale in Madeira when a ask about about it they reply it is what we have and things will never change many returning from abroad know there are better systems and are becoming dissatisfied with the system here one young man returning after 3 years in England said i pay taxes in England i get service here i pay taxes and get nothing in return

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