Hells Angels return to court to repeat instruction phase

in News · 12-03-2020 11:30:00 · 0 Comments
Hells Angels return to court to repeat instruction phase

The repetition of the investigation phase of the Hells Angels case begins on 12 March, after Judge Carlos Alexandre refused to postpone the work because a trainee returned from Padua and several lawyers had flu-like symptoms.

The instruction phase will be repeated, after 40 sessions, due to the departure of the judge from the Central Criminal Instruction Court (TCIC).

Despite the deliberation of the Superior Council of the Judiciary to close the courts of first instance due to the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus, the sessions of the Hells Angels process must continue because there are still defendants in detention.

In this case, diligence within fundamental rights is considered urgent.

Due to the exclusivity attributed to Judge Ivo Rosa, due to the mega-operation, Operation Marquis, the only TCIC judge who was available to instruct the remaining cases, including Tancos, Hells Angels and the case of the eight Portuguese terrorists is the magistrate Carlos Alexandre.

The departure of the TCIC from the judge who until recently directed the investigation phase of the case involving more than 89 'bikers' of the Hells Angels group was determined by the Superior Council for the Judiciary, on the proposal of Vice President José Lameira, with the plenary voting by majority, with three votes against.

The investigation phase of the Hells Angels case had begun on 27 November under the direction of Judge Conceição Moreno.

The prosecution of the Public Prosecutor was made on 10 July 2019 and the case was distributed to the TCIC on 10 October, after the Lisbon Criminal Investigation Court declared themselves “territorially incompetent” to carry out the phase instructive.

The prosecution's complaint alleges that the 89 defendants of the Hells Angels group devised a plan to annihilate rival 'bikers', through physical force and various weapons to cause serious injuries, "if necessary until death", including Mário Machado (leader of the extreme right New Social Order movement), who was accepted as an assistant in the process.

The defendants are accused of a criminal association, attempted qualified homicide aggravated by the use of a weapon, offense to physical integrity, extortion, theft, drug trafficking and the possession of weapons and ammunition, among other crimes.


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