from left to right: Francisco de Almeida Garrett, lawyer; Mr Baptista, former Maritime Police officer; Gonçalo Amaral, former PJ coordinator; Rui Rangel, judge; Paulo Sargento dos Santos, forensic psychologist; Eduardo Dâmaso, joint editor of Correio da Manhã
Judge Rui Rangel and former Polícia Judiciária coordinator Gonçalo Amaral expressed heavy criticism on the state of Justice, Safety and Criminal Investigation in Portugal, during the presentation of the book ‘Justice and Delinquency’, last Thursday, at the Alethêia bookshop, in Lisbon, which we had the pleasure of attending.
The session was presented by Eduardo Dâmaso, joint director of Correio da Manhã, and was attended by some of the authors, including forensics psychologist Paulo Sargento and lawyer Francisco de Almeida Garrett.
The book is a compilation of texts by Rui Rangel, Maria Clara Oliveira, Rui da Silva Leal, Paulo Sargento, Hernâni Carvalho, Maria dos Santos Ribeiro, Marta Daniela Seixas, Gonçalo Amaral, Manuel Augusto Meireis and Francisco de Almeida Garrett.
"The philosophy and the principle underlying criminal investigation, which is based on the figure of the Public Ministry, is wrong. I have always understood that criminal investigation should be founded, as it happened before, on the figure of the criminal instruction judge, the only entity that is truly unbiased, impartial and independent from all other powers. The Public Ministry’s autonomy, which must be defended at all times, and the criteria of objectivity that it is subject to, is not the same as being independent, even more so when, organically and statutorily, it is a hierarchical organisation of magistrates. Which is not the judges’ case.
And within these logics, it is even less justified that the archiving dispatches decreed by the Public Ministry, in any criminal process, are not subject to jurisdictional control.
None of this makes sense."
in: "Essay on the Phenomenon of Criminality versus Justice", by Rui Rangel - in 'Justice and Delinquency'
There will be another presentation of the book in Porto, on Tuesday, the 30th of June, at 5.30 p.m., at the Universidade Lusíada (Auditório 2).
Gonçalo Amaral launches Compilation of Texts about Criminality
Gonçalo Amaral has coordinated the book ‘Justice and Delinquency’, which compiles opinions and proposals for solutions from judges, prosecutors, lawyers, a criminal investigation coordinator, a journalist, a university professor and a psychologist.