Cape-Verdeans in Portugal “repudiate accusations” against a member of their community and demand a “serious investigation”
“This news sullies all the Cape-Verdeans” and “is not credible”, even because of the sophistication of the crime whose authorship was blamed on a Cape-Verdian immigrant. This, in a process that took place “under the investigations of two police forces of sovereign states and with an active media component”.
In a statement in name of the Federation of the Organizations of Cape Verde, of the Congress of the Cape-Verdeans in the Diaspora and of the Cape-Verdean Association of Lisbon, the community deplores “that a citizen who has died is being set up as a scapegoat”.
They appeal to the whole community to “be vigilant”, because this “serious accusation”, in a process that is being investigated also by the English police “maybe be an alibi to excuse the incompetence of the investigations or to cover up lobbies whose purposes are unclear”.
The press statement undersigned by the associations that represent the Cape-Verdeans in Portugal also states that they were all taken by surprise by the news published in Correio da Manhã, quoting a source of the Portuguese Judiciary Police, that stated that the suspect of the high profile disappearance case, of Madeleine (Maddie) McCann from Aldeia da Luz, in the Algarve, was a Cape-Verdean immigrant, who died in an accident in 2009.
The name of a community sullied
The Cape-Verdean “in and outside the country” are being “sullied” with this affirmations for which there are no consistent evidences, they are of an “atrocious opportunism” of someone who can “no longer defend himself”, protest the associations that represent the Cape-Verdeans in Portugal.
The statement also recalls that the whole community also suffered an identical “denigration” two decades ago, when it was also published in Portugal a story “stating that a Cape-Verdean had assassinated a child in Odivelas so he could eat the child's liver”, a story that was dismissed in “a small note in an interior page of the same newspaper that had given it the first cover exposure”.
The representatives of the associations that represent the Cape-Verdeans in Portugal added that they “have always defended the natural course of Justice” and that they strive that illegal behaviours always have an adequate and corresponding legal punishment. However, they do not conform with an “accusation, that is not proven”, involving an immigrant that “cannot defend himself of the accusations, which in the Maddie case, may, opportunely, excuse and rest some consciences”. They verify, that, “once again history repeats itself: there is a Cape-Verdean suspect (until when?) and a community that feels sullied, again”.
in A Semana - Cape-Verdean newspaper, November 1, 2013