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Monte Tree Case Trial Starts Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Wednesday, the 12th of April, the Monte tree case, where 13 people were killed when a tree collapsed during a festival in August 2017, will commence.

Today, on the sidelines of the presentation of the ERPI project – Residential Structure for the Elderly, of the 4 de Setembro Association, Miguel Albuquerque excused himself from commenting on the subject, stating that he had implicit confidence in the justice system and that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.  Stating:

“I rarely speak out on matters of justice. I only comment on judicial issues when justice, as in the case of São Vicente, on the Estrada das Ginjas, is used for political means.” However, this time, journalists were not so happy to be fobbed off, and the President of Madeira finally stated:

“People will defend themselves. I think everyone has a right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty and sentenced. I’ve always been against people being convicted publically before a trial begins.”

He added, “Justice has a rhythm and a cadence that is slower,” because “it requires reflection, it requires consideration, it requires an exchange of arguments and a legal dialectic. Therefore, we will wait for the judge’s decision.”

Samantha Gannon

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