The detention of a Portuguese truck driver in the United Kingdom, following a brutal accident that cruelly decimated a family, makes us think. We have serious doubts that such a detention could take place in Portugal.
Let’s think about the case of the taxi driver in Oporto who, a few months ago, mortally ran over two young girls and fled the location, presenting himself at a police station later in the day. As far as we know, he is free and practicing his profession.
The cases of reckless driving, so often under the effect of alcohol, are normally treated as mere accidents in our country and rarely produce preventive custody. Maybe if we would follow the example that comes from the United Kingdom, it would be possible to reduce the numbers of road deaths.
But other examples have been arriving from England, which are not quite as favorable for British Justice. Let’s look at the case of the Portuguese lawyer who was condemned to a prison sentence in Portugal, and the difficulties that Portuguese Justice has been facing in carrying out an International Arrest Warrant in England. Is the different treatment of these two cases due to the type of crime, or the type of person: a lawyer versus a truck driver?
source: Correio da Manhã, 15.11.2008