Trial of Amadeu Oliveira starts this Monday in collective court

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Trial of Amadeu Oliveira starts this Monday in collective court
Trial of Amadeu Oliveira starts this Monday in collective court

Africa-Press – Cape verde. The hearing for discussion and trial of lawyer Amadeu Oliveira, in preventive detention for 13 months, begins at 9 am on Monday, 29, in the hearing room of the 1st Criminal Court of the Judicial Court of the District of São Vicente. The lawyer will be tried by a panel of three judges.

The lawyer, who will be tried by a panel of three judges, is accused of a crime of attacking the rule of law, a crime of coercion or disturbance of the functioning of the Constitutional Body and two crimes of offense to a legal person.

The trial takes place in the courtroom of the 1st Criminal Court of the Judicial Court of the District of São Vicente, “the largest and best equipped” in the district, since the Barlavento Court of Appeal does not have a courtroom, read- if in a notice for public knowledge circulated by the court.

In the same note, the Barlavento Court of Appeal informs that the capture of image and sound will not be allowed, nor will assistants with cell phones, tablets or any other means that can serve as recording enter the hearing room for discussion and judgment. or capturing images.

Since the hearing room of the 1st Criminal Court of the Judicial Court of the District of São Vicente has a capacity for 50 people/assistants, the same source informs that all seats are filled, including some reserved for accredited journalists, entry will not be allowed. of more people in the Palace of Justice building, in order “not to disturb the normal functioning” of the discussion and judgment hearing.

In fact, due to the limited space, the court granted authorization to enter the hearing room for discussion and judgment of a journalist by the media, “duly accredited and identified”.

the case

Lawyer Amadeu Oliveira was arrested on 18 July 2021 and, two days after the arrest, the Barlavento Court of Appeal, based in São Vicente, applied preventive detention to the then national deputy elected on the lists of the Cabo Verdean Independent Union. and Democratic (UCID) for the constituency of São Vicente.

On 14 February, as a result of a Preliminary Contradictory Hearing, Amadeu Oliveira was prosecuted for the crimes he had been accused of and returned to the São Vicente Central Prison where he remains in preventive detention.

On 29 July, the National Assembly approved, by a majority, in a secret vote, the suspension of the deputy’s mandate, requested in three separate cases by the Attorney General’s Office (PGR), in order to bring him to trial.

Amadeu Oliveira is accused of a crime of attacking the rule of law, a crime of coercion or disturbance of the functioning of the Constitutional Body and two crimes of offense to a legal person.

At issue are several accusations he made against the judges of the Supreme Court of Justice (STJ) and the escape from the country of the sentenced initially to 11 years in prison for murder – a sentence later revised to nine years – Arlindo Teixeira, in June last year, bound for Lisbon, and then on to France, where he has emigrated for several years.

Arlindo Teixeira was a constituent of Amadeu Oliveira, a strong opponent of the Cape Verdean justice system, in a process that he considered to be “fraudulent”, “manipulated” and with “falsification of evidence”.

Amadeu Oliveira publicly admitted, in parliament, that he planned and carried out the escape of the convict, for whom he was a defense attorney, in a case that earned him several public criticisms.

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