1 February 2009

Freeport

by Francisco Moita Flores*

"Sócrates is not above the law. But he's not below it either, to be judged and assassinated on the village square"

I've been following the Freeport case with a feeling that is a mixture of vomit and nausea. I don't know if it's a dark campaign. But I have no doubt that it's an hysterical campaign that once again leaves the journalists filled with nervous heat, in which journalists comment on what other journalists write, in which many news contradict so many other news, in which within the cadre of servile and obedient mentality, that was inherited from the past times of all submissions, anything that comes from England has to be good, while whatever is done here is no good, in which hatred, speculation, personal vanity, mixed with loads of ignorance, emerge. Politics is mixed with possible corruption crimes, and endless debates that focus more on banal discussion than on serious analysis are causing terrible damage to this poor country that has been massacred by so much damage, by so many crises, by so much ignorance holding a diploma.

As one reads what is available in various formats, listening to what is being said, I understand prosecutor Cândida Almeida better, possibly the only serene and firm voice that could be heard, but which was quickly diluted in the noise of the storm. Criminal investigation does not commiserate with what is 'being said', with speculation about coincidences in the approval of this or that project, with the excitement that surrounds the statements made by an uncle. Those are mere traces. What really matters, under a criminal perspective, is to find out whether or not a given political person has received money, or other favours, to obtain a given purpose. If he received, who paid him. How he paid. Where he paid. If he received, where the money is. Who gave. Who saw it being given. Where it was given. When it was given. How much was given. How it was given. What matters is to demonstrate, through documents and/or testimonies, that a given person has received. To establish that which is the essence of a criminal process: the causal nexus between the crime and the criminal.

Until now, all that we positively know is that a man named Smith collected millions from his fellow countrymen, saying it was to pay A, B and C. Says he. Or said he. I don't know. All that it reveals is that Smith collected, or wanted to collect, high amounts. Concerning the second phase of the investigation, we're at point zero. Not a clue. Not a lead. Not even a coincidence between law decrees and elections are evidence of anything. We're left with the circus of debates, of small politics of the most shameful variety, while Sócrates' image sinks in the middle of the vomit. He is not above the law. And he should be investigated. But he is not below it either, as in so many other cases before, to be judged and assassinated on the village square.


source: Correio da Manhã, 01.02.2009


* University professor

1 comment:

  1. Harry Potter confessed that he was the author of the "black campaign" against the potuguese PM.
    This is will be the general idea for the new book of the popular hero and the story "Harry Potter against the brotherhood of Freeport"

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