SEF Inspection Coordinator resigns

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 16-12-2020 16:15:00 · 1 Comments
SEF Inspection Coordinator resigns

João Ataíde, who ran the inspection office of the Foreign and Border Service (SEF) resigned from office on Tuesday after the intervention of the Minister of Internal Affairs in parliament.

According to Lusa, the same source stated that João Ataíde resigned after the statements of the Minister of Internal Affairs (MAI) in Parliament, which aimed at a report prepared by the inspector. In parliament, the minister said that João Ataíde sent, five days after the death of the Ukrainian citizen, to the then director of the SEF, Cristina Gatões, a report in which he said that the viewing of video surveillance images did not provide "any indication of aggression and mistreatment".

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Eduardo Cabrita, was heard on Tuesday in parliament regarding the murder of Ihor Homeniuk in March, in the space equated to temporary installation centere of Lisbon Airport of the Service of Foreigners and Borders (SEF), at the request of the unregistered deputy Joacine Katar Moreira and the PSD political party.

Eduardo Cabrita announced in parliament that legislation on the restructuring of SEF will be produced in January. The MAI had already disclosed that the restructuring process of SEF should be completed in the first half of 2021 and that it would be coordinated by the deputy national directors of the Service, José Luís do Rosário Barão - who ascended to director in replacement regime - and Fernando Parreiral da Silva.

Ihor Homeniuk was the victim of the violent assaults of three SEF inspectors, accused of first-degree murder, with the alleged complicity or cover-up of 12 other inspectors. The trial of this case will begin on the 20 January.

Nine months after the alleged murder, the director of the SEF, Cristina Gatões, resigned last week, after some opposition parties demanded political consequences of this case, and Eduardo Cabrita considered that it "did well to cease functions" and that it would not be able to lead the process of restructuring the body. This process was at the center of a controversy between the national director of PSP and Eduardo Cabrita, on Sunday, after the head of the police force admitted that the merger of PSP with the Service of Foreigners and Borders (SEF) is being worked. After Magina da Silva's statements to journalists, at the end of a meeting with the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the minister replied that the reform of the SEF will be announced "appropriately" by the Government "and not by a police director".



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Comments:

"After Magina da Silva's statements to journalists, at the end of a meeting with the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the minister replied that the reform of the SEF will be announced "appropriately" by the Government "and not by a police director"." Mr Rebelo de Sousa would do well to respect the fact that we live in a democracy, and given this gvrt has shown so much incompetence and carelessness, the more impt it is to hear other voices on the matter. Maybe he should understand that journalism is 1 of the pillars of democracy when elected actors fail?? Instead of the vain,shallow exercise of Mr. Rebelo de Sousa´s unashamed and unapologetic constant self promotion. Get a mirror, Mr president.

By guida from Lisbon on 17-12-2020 08:15
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