"From the very first moment, I thought the MP should have wanted to know everything, from top to bottom, it hurt anyone who hurt. He must know everything and must investigate everything, because it is a reality and, the sooner the better, because two years have gone by about that reality, "said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
The Head of State was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the First World Congress of Portuguese Diaspora Networks in Oporto, after the weekly Expresso published today that the MP wants to know what the Presidential military house knew about the Tancos case, and wants listen to General João Cordeiro, former head of the military house.
Two years later, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa considered that the Portuguese want to know, in fact, how did that disappearance of arms happen, who stole, under what conditions, what were the complicities, whether there were internal or external complicities, and then how is that the reappearance of the weapons and whether or not it is related to their disappearance.
Earlier this month, former National Defense Minister José Azeredo Lopes was charged in the suit investigating the theft of military equipment from the Tancos warehouses in the district of Santarém, announced by the Army in June 2017, and the operation of the Military Judicial Police for the recovery of the stolen material, carried out without the knowledge of the Judicial Police, who was the owner of the process.
In a statement sent to Lusa agency, Azeredo Lopes considered that the condition of defendant, despite guaranteeing more procedural rights, is "absolutely inexplicable", considering that his involvement in the process "was only a political guardianship."
The report of the parliamentary commission of inquiry into the Tancos case, approved in plenary on 3 July by PS, BE and PCP, with PSD and CDS-PP votes against, excludes any direct accountability from Azeredo Lopes and the PM , António Costa.
In the conclusions, it is argued that "it has not been proven" that there has been political interference in the Army's action or in the activity of the Military Judiciary Police, but it is considered that former Defense Minister Azeredo Lopes "seconded" the knowledge that had "some elements" of a memorandum on the recovery of the stolen material.