To assist and to archive processes (2)
by Gonçalo Amaral
“I make an appeal to you from where I stand: do intervene, with the knowledge and the competence that you are known for”.
The Lawyers’ Order has made itself an assistant in a case trial concerning alleged torture that was committed by policemen against a woman who was condemned for her daughter’s death. It could make itself an assistant in other cases as well, like those of corruption and of financial criminality in general. As far as we know, it hasn’t made itself an assistant in inquiries like those of ‘Operação Furacão’ and Freeport.
It would be nice if the Lawyers’ Order wouldn’t leave us thinking that it doesn’t do so because there the suspects or arguidos aren’t policemen. Certainly not. Alas, in these cases, I prefer to think that it didn’t do so due to pure distraction; therefore, I leave an appeal to whomever it may concern. Not only concerning processes of financial crimes but also thinking of so many other situations. Mister President of the Order, as a father and as a citizen of this country, I make an appeal to you from where I stand: do intervene, with the knowledge and the competence that you are known for, and make yourself an assistant in all of the criminal processes where the law permits such.
This is the only way that you can become a precious instrument in the fight for the un-archiving of those cases where the victims were helpless children. This is the only way to prevent that processes are archived without everything having been investigated, and justice done.
source: Correio da Manhã, 08.11.2008