Preventive Detention Requested for Operation Zarco Suspects in Madeira Investigation

Lawyers discussing Preventive Detention

The Public Prosecutor’s Office today requested preventive detention for the three detained as part of the investigation into suspicions in Madeira, including the former mayor of Funchal, Pedro Calado.

The announcement was made by lawyer Raul Soares da Veiga, speaking to journalists outside the Central Criminal Investigation Court, at the Justice Campus, in Lisbon, where the Public Ministry’s corruption allegations took place.

In addition to Pedro Calado, Avelino Farinha and Custódio Correia have also been detained since January 24th.

As part of this process, the president of the Government of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque (PSD), was named a defendant and ended up resigning from his position, which led to the fall of the regional executive, of the PSD/CDS-PP coalition, with parliamentary support from PAN Madeira.

Update: Later last (Friday) night it was announced that a decision on preventive detention will be made on Wednesday according to a Court source, The session where the coercive measures will be announced was scheduled for 3 pm on Wednesday. On that day it will be three weeks since the three defendants were detained in Funchal.

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5 thoughts on “Preventive Detention Requested for Operation Zarco Suspects in Madeira Investigation”

  1. Well Harry, corruption in Madeira has been going on and on and on for at least a couple of decades.
    So I would assume the sequel will go on for a long time. It should have all been investigated in 2008 during the financial crisis.

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  2. Well at least despite all the corruption being going for years the things a done and finished the same can’t be said about mainland Portugal where nothing is started or even finished .

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  3. I have no sympathy for the three defendants, should they be found guilty of corruption but as their lawyers have not mentioned bail, I assume this is not available to them. This plus the fact they have not been charged with specific offences goes against the UK system. This is the equivalent of the British Police holding in custody, without any time limits, or charges preferred against them, thus preventing their lawyers from applying for bail. In effect they are imprisoned without trial. Perhaps all those that write “corrupt to their teeth” should ask themselves, if they were to be suspected of a crime, they would be happy to be where these three suspects, not defendants, they have yet to be charged, find themselves.

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