The court of Lousada has announced this morning that Afonso Dias, who stands accused of the abduction of Rui Pedro, who disappeared on the 4th of March, 1998, will stand trial. Judge Jorge Moreira Santos has issued a ruling that has pronounced the only arguido in the process over the crime of qualified abduction.
The judicial magistrate's decision has taken into account the arguments that were presented during the instruction debate that was held on the 26th of May.
The accusation in the Rui Pedro case was produced on the 11th of February this year, sustaining the "strong probability" of Afonso Dias having taken the youngster to a sexual encounter with prostitutes, in the early afternoon, in the area of Lustosa, Lousada.
After that, Rui Pedro was never seen again, despite the diligences that extended abroad and included the cooperation of Interpol.
in: SIC Notícias, 06.06.2011
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