Archive for 2017

Person arrested by PSP for theft from vehicles

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

The Metropolitan Command of the PSP of Lisbon, through the Police Division of Oeiras, on November 29, in the parish of Linda-a-Velha, Oeiras, arrested whilst caught in the act, a male citizen of 28 years dismantling a high-end car, which was parked on the public road.

Following the Police investigations, a house search was carried out in the area of ​​Loures, where it was possible to apprehend:

  • 3 Mobile phones;
    • 2 exhaust pipes;
    • 1 Garage control;
    • 1 centre console of a steering wheel;
    • 1 Car radio;
    • 1 front glass;
    • 1 Command and key;
    • 1 Sound speaker;
    • 1 Car and various tools used to dismantle the car.

The detainee was present at the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Oeiras, having been subject to a Term of Identity and Residence

Couple sentenced for trafficking in persons, pimping and aiding illegal immigration

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

In the scope of investigation carried out by the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF), the Public Prosecutor’s Office accused a couple, from the district of Braga, of committing crimes of trafficking in persons, pimping and aid to illegal immigration. The married couple, of foreign nationality, without other known professional activity, used several for prostitution, resorting to the raising of women of foreign nationality, some with recourse to the achievement in its country of origin.

The judgment found the two foreign nationals guilty of crimes of trafficking in persons, aiding illegal immigration and pimping, and sentenced them in a single sentence of imprisonment of five years, suspended from execution for an equal period. They were ordered to pay the sum of € 1,750.00 to the “O Ninho” Association, and must prove that payment in the proceedings within a year and six months after the final sentence of this judgment.

A national citizen was also found guilty of the crimes of pimping and aiding illegal immigration, responsible for renting the apartments, and sentenced to a prison term of one year and six months, suspended from execution for an equal period, subject to the obligation to pay the amount of € 1,250.00 to the “O Ninho” Association, and must also prove that payment in the case file within the suspension period.

That judgment, subject to appeal, also acquitted two other citizens who had been accused of committing crimes of pimping and aid to illegal immigration and ordered that SEF be supplied with computer equipment, mobile phones and vehicles.

In October 2014, the SEF had already executed two search warrants in housing and in a vehicle, seizing voluminous documentation related to crimes under investigated including, computer equipment, mobile phones and cash.

The investigation involved a substantial number of investigations, the collection of testimony and other means of obtaining evidence, and made it possible to ascertain the high profits received by the defendants.

GNR Gerês – Rescue five young people lost in Peneda-Gerês National Park

Monday, December 4th, 2017

On 2nd December the GNR Territorial Command of Braga, rescued four women and a man, aged between 22 and 25, of Italian and Slovenian nationality, who were lost in the Peneda-Gerês National Park.

A group of young people, who were taking a trail, became disoriented and asked for help to GNR at 18:00 hrs, via emergency contact 112, unable to specify their location. Three patrols were immediately deployed in all-terrain vehicles to the area between the Parque das Termas do Gerês and the Miradouro da Boneca where the youngsters were supposed to be lost, since there were few references given by them.

In this urgent action of search and rescue, due to the fall of the night, the difficult accesses and the low temperatures registered at that moment, around 3ºC, the rescue was  coordinated through the Situation Room of the Territorial Command of Braga. The operation was directed based on GPS coordinates, sent by the Messenger application, in real time, from the mobile phone of one of the young people, which allowed them to direct the patrols and locate the group, an hour after the alert was given.

The youngsters when they were found showed signs of fatigue, and were assisted and transported to Vila do Gerês, but did not require hospital treatment.

The operation involved military personnel from the Gerês Territorial Post, Terras de Bouro Territorial Post and a Team for the Protection of Nature and the Environment.

GNR seize clams worth nearly thirty thousand euros

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Between 1st and 4th December the GNR Coastal Control Unit (UCC), seized 3 770 kilos of clams, with a value of 29,110 euros, in the vicinity of the cities of Porto and Lisbon.

The Matosinhos Coastal Detachment Detachment, in the course of an inspection of the transportation of fish, shellfish and crustaceans, today, on December 4, seized 750 kilos of clams, with a  value of 6 750 euros. The merchandise seized was detected in a light goods vehicle, and it was found that there were irregularities in the fulfilment of the transport documents, as well as the value of the catch was higher than allowed by law per vessel, far exceeding the permitted number of kilos.

The Lisbon Coastal Detachment Detachment, through the Coastal Control Sub-Station of Fonte da Telha, during the weekend, seized 3020 kilos ofclamss, with a value of 22 360 euros.

Part of this seizure was the result of a number of surveillance actions aimed at controlling the transport and commercialization of clams, where the soldiers detected an individual to catch 610 kg of these bivalves were seized in Estuary of the river Tagus.

The remaining 2410 kg of Japanese clams were seized in the towns of Alcochete and Samouco, and the military detected several individuals carrying out the transport of them without being accompanied by the necessary registration documents for their collection and transportation.

In the total of these actions, the UCC identified three individuals and prepared three counts of infractions.

The live clams were returned to their natural habitat.

GNR Sintra seize €70,000 in counterfeit clothing

Monday, December 4th, 2017

The Lisbon Territorial Command, through the Territorial Detachment of Sintra seized on, December 3, in Alcabideche, 984 articles of counterfeit clothing, with an estimated value of about 70 thousand euros.

As part of an inspection action on street vendors and fairgrounds at the Adroana – Alcabideche Fair, 984 counterfeit goods were seized and seven individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 were identified.

Among the seized material were various articles such as women’s bags, sweaters, pants and footwear, all of them bearing several trade marks. The merchandise seized will be subject to expert reports in order to ascertain the originality of the said articles.

During the operation, five infractions to the Outstanding Goods Regime were also identified, due to lack of registration to exercise the activity, with merchandise valued at around 5 thousand euros.

This operation involved a total of 40 military personnel and was supported by the Tax Action Detachment of Lisbon from the Fiscal Action Unit, the Detachment of Intervention of the Lisbon Territorial Command and the Cinotech Intervention Group of the Intervention Unit.

The commander of the Civil Protection who became a hero in Pedrógão Grande

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Partial disclosure of the report on the fires that devastated the central zone in June now reveals (in an article by TVI 24 on 3rd December 2017) how many lives were saved and how more deaths were avoided. The names assigned in this article are fictitious, to avoid identifying the circumstances in which each victim died.

“António was more than 16 hours on the ground. At the end of the hot June day, still before 2000hrs, he could not imagine that he would, a few hours later, save elderly people, at least one child, avoid a second “death road” and be the first authority to reach EN 236. The Commander of the District Civil Protection Grouping (CADIS) was the man the National Command had tasked to ascertain the size of the flames that threatened the centre of the country.

The order to go to the terrain arrived at 19:58 hrs, minutes before the flames reached Nacional 236. Antonio did not know, could not know the tragedy that was about to unfold, before he departed. Accompanied by Jose and André, firefighters from the Special Force and members of the Reconnaissance and Situation Assessment Team were, from Pedrogao Grande  they drove in a 4×4 towards Nacional 350, which connects Leiria to Oleiros, in Castelo Branco, and passes through Figueiró dos Vinhos.

The story of the Civil Protection commander and the team is part of the details revealed in chapter 6 of the report of the fires prepared by the University of Coimbra Forest Fire Study Center and that the National Data Protection Commission has banned the disclosure.

EN 350, the second “death road” that almost happened

The goal was to “take the municipal roads, to the parish of Graça to try to observe the front of the fire”. The road was taken and when they arrived in Alto they realised that the flames had already cut the road and near the fire were several cars stopped. António made an immediate decision to direct and assist the drivers to remove the vehicles, by making U-turns, to avoid them becoming trapped. An alert was passed to the Command Post, who arranged that the road be cut quickly to avoid further vehicles using it.

It is not certain how many people were saved there, nor is it certain what would have happened if they had stayed there.

The team continued through the first useable exit, the IC8, towards Outão, where António, despite the intense smoke that forced them to go slowly at 20 kph, distinguish a child lying on the ground.

The team asked for help for the child, who also had respiratory problems, but they no longer received a response from the Command Post. The district commander decides to make the reverse course and returns to Pedrógão Grande, with the boy who after an hour, the boy is finally treated. On the way, look and see the places that had already been, taken by the flames.

At around 2200 hrs, a new order arrives from the National Civil Protection Command. The destination was now Villa Facaia, on the EN 236. The road is taken “although everything around is burning”. They arrive at Barraca da Boavista, a small village in Vila Facaia that survived the fires without major damage and fatalities.

A situation that that might have had another story to tell if it was not for the action of the three men, who found in a garage “four or five old men, one with burns on his right arm.” Emergency calls are requested and some ambulances arrive with another group of heroes: the firefighters of Castanheira da Pêra , who had an accident and were burned as they tried to save victims of the fires. One of the firefighters, Gonçalo Correia, died.

The arrival on the “road of death”

In fact, the reconnaissance team was already circulating at Nacional 236, but it was still far from imagining what it would find. The first warning comes from the National Commander himself, who, after 22:00, asks the three men to continue on that route, since “there would be problems there.”

At the beginning of the road they find a fallen pine that prevented the passage. The car stops and they proceed on foot along the road where Antonio, José and André begin to find the macabre scenery.

The terrifying road led them to the burned cars. Inside were the victims. In some cases it was possible to identify the corpses, in others not.

In this area they counted 19 or 20 bodies and made this communication, since they could not speak directly to the Operational Command Post (they did not have a cellular telephone network and SIRESP also did not allow this) made this communication to Lisbon via radio. They switched channels, linked the national channel and passed this information to the National Command; anyone who was on the radio on that channel would hear the conversation. They passed on the information of where they were (the coordinates passed), the scenario they had found so far and the number of mortal victims that had already managed to count, “reads the document.

By 22:30 there was nothing left. No fire in the cars. The smoke alone showed signs of tragedy. Apart from the team there, no one was in the area at that hour. Fifteen long minutes passed and a GNR patrol arrived and then some ambulances that wanted to pass but could not. In his testimony to the University of Coimbra, the district commander makes it clear that the only means of combat he found was the firemen of Castanheira da Pêra.

The story of Antonio, José and André is real, and the National 236 has become known in history of death, as “the road of death”. The three men went on to rescue another woman who was next to two bodies, without reaction and with burns in the hand

Antónioand his team discovered more dead in Nodeirinho and Pobrais, and counted and identified victims throughout the night and morning of the following say, the 18th .

At noon, they arrived at the Operational Command Post, where Antonio reported that he was “exhausted and had to leave.”

“The mission was completed.”

Loures – Five persons charged with attempted homicide against police agents

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

The public prosecutor has charged five youths of assaulting and attempting to kill three policemen, who were violently attacked by defendants with rocks, kicks and punches while they were undertaking security measures during a party in the town of Catujal, in Loures.

According to the indictment of the MP, which the agency Lusa had this Wednesday had access, the  violence occurred in the early hours of July 3 this year, in the parish of Unhos, during a party organized by the parish of St. Joseph of Nazaré, in which 200 people participated.

Police officers of the Public Security Police (PSP) were in uniform to “ensure the maintenance of security and public order,” the prosecution said, adding that the five defendants, aged between 19 and 25 years old, “were part of a group of at least 10 individuals”.

By 00:30, two of the young men approached the police “with a fixed and provocative stare” directed to one of the agents, with one of the defendants saying: “You’re looking at me for what, bófia … because are you looking at me like that?”, the accusation states.

At that time, defendants Bruno Miranda, Ercelino Varela, Diogo Henriques, Tiago Lopes and Tiago Simões, accompanied by the remaining individuals who were part of the group, whose identification was not verified, advanced towards the agent with the clear intention of assaulting him” , describes the MP.

From that moment, the indictment lists a series of assaults by the defendants, which included shoving, kicking and punching various parts of the body, especially in the head whilst some of the police agents were lying on the ground.

One of the defendants picked up a “large sidewalk stone” and hit one of the officers on the left side of the head.

At another point, the MP says that one of the elements that constituted the group “threw a stone from the pavement that hit” one of the police agents in the face, causing him to drop to the floor.

“All the defendants, in a communion of efforts and wills, making use of their numerical superiority, acted with the firm motivation to confront and to attack against the physical integrity and the life of the agents of authority who were there in the exercise of their functions police, “says the MP.

After the “violent assaults” the defendants and other members of the group fled, “going to different places”.

Two of the police officers were taken to the Santa Maria Hospital in Lisbon, while the other was assisted by firefighters and was sent to Beatriz Angelo Hospital in Loures.

The indictment alleges that a civilian was also assaulted during the violence, and was taken that night to the Santa Maria Hospital in Lisbon.

One of the policemen, who remained 261 days of medical leave, suffered, among other injuries, head trauma, loss of consciousness, and nose fracture, having undergone a surgical intervention.

This years flu maybe more serious – Vacinations recommended by Health Authority

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

The Directorate-General for Health reinforced yesterday (28th November the call for vaccination. The flu strain that is expected to circulate this year is associated with more cases and more severe conditions of the disease

Since October, 1.2 million vaccines have been administered by the National Health Service (SNS), which represents an additional 19% over the same period last year. There are still 300 thousand available doses, besides the 600 thousand available for sale in pharmacies. For the first time this year, the vaccine has also become free for people with diabetes and firefighters who have a recommendation for it.

Influenza A (H3) is expected to the dominant flu virus this winter, the same as last year which caused an excess mortality of 27% in Portugal.

Graça Freitas, director general of Health, has reinforced yesterday the call for vaccination: “Vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate. That is the great precaution against influenza.” Rui Nogueira, president of the Portuguese Association of General and Family Medicine (APMGF), told the DN that there is “lack of care” in Portugal in the “cold suitability” and left some advice to the Portuguese.

The cold flu will have killed 4467 people in Portugal last winter, which represents an excess of 27% over that expected. As in the other European countries, the influenza A (H3) virus was the predominant one, as it is expected to be this year. “When the dominant virus is an A (H3) virus, the intensity of the flu tends to be greater and even the severity of the disease,” warned Graça Freitas yesterday.

Strengthening the European Union in civil protection meets the needs identified by Portugal

Monday, November 27th, 2017

The Minister of Home Affairs, Eduardo Cabrita, said on 23rd November  that Civil Protection reinforcement measure created by the European Union, “responds to the needs identified by Portugal” and the country is “in full harmony” with the measures.

At a press conference in Lisbon announcing the strengthening the resources of the European Civil Protection Mechanism, the Minister said that this reinforcement “is more proof of solidarity among the Member States and is a determining factor for the consolidation of a Europe that protects and defends its citizens and assets’.

The new program has an allocation of € 280 million by 2020, of which € 230 million is for the creation of a structure that the European Union does not yet have, and € 50 million for ‘forest fire prevention and preparedness measures and other incidents of civil protection. ”

The European Union will create a reserve of its own Civil Protection resources, such as firefighting aircraft, field hospitals and water pumps, among other medium-sized technicians, to deal with disasters such as fires in Portugal.

Eduardo Cabrita welcomed the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, for “this initiative that responds to the needs identified by Portugal” and that is in “full harmony” with the measures approved by the extraordinary Council of Ministers of October 21.

The Minister also said that ‘this new response is complementary to the operational arrangements of each Member State, strengthening and boosting Europe’s ability to effectively address and respond to natural disasters’.

“We are talking, on the one hand, of creating a European-level rescue system to improve the response available in the European Union and investment in the areas of disaster prevention and response,” he added.

The new EU proposal also includes a set of new support for Member States, such as co-financing up to 75% of each country’s improved operational response.

The Minister of Home Affairs will meet with EU civil protection commissioner Christos Stylianides early December to find “the best way for Portugal to integrate and actively participate in this reinforcement”.

“We will discuss how to benefit, both in the pillar of the support mechanism and in the pillar for the prevention of these new programs, and the possibility of Portugal participating in the European effort,” he said.

The European mechanism will now be available to all European Union countries, which will be able to ‘request their complementary intervention when there are significant occurrences’, such as fires, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes or epidemics.

Portugal integrated into the Tsunami early warning network

Monday, November 27th, 2017

The Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, inaugurated the Portuguese centre for the Tsunami Warning System (Tsunamis), integrating Portugal into the alert network, affirming that it represents an increase of safety for the population.

“It is an investment of only one million euros”, said the minister, adding that “I say ‘only’ because sometimes there is talk of investments of many millions of euros that, perhaps, do not have added value for our security as this million.”

“This million so simply allows Portugal to integrate the international tsunami early warning network,” he said at the inauguration of the centre located at the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA).

The Minister said that the Portuguese population will also be more informed about any events of this type that may be detected, but that the equipment serves above all to improve coordination and anticipation with the National Civil Protection Authority (ANPC).

“The tsunami early warning centre is part of this effort” of coordination between the IPMA and the ANPC, he said.

“Portugal must be at the centre of the best of global scientific networks,” as “tsunamis are not a distant reality,” said Interior Minister Eduardo Cabrita, who also participated in the ceremony.

The Minister recalled that “the 1755 earthquake was associated with one of the largest tsunamis in existence.”

This ‘early warning system was launched – with the participation of UNESCO – following the 2004 tsunami that affected Indonesia and other parts of Asia’.