The PSD delivered today in the Assembly of the Republic the list of personalities that it intends to hear in the framework of the parliamentary commission of inquiry into the theft of arms in Tancos. Highlighting the inclusion of Prime Minister António Costa in a list that, on the other hand, requires the presence of three ministers of the current Government: João Gomes Cravinho (Minister of National Defense), Eduardo Cabrita (Minister of Internal Affairs) and Francisca Van Dunem (Minister of Justice).
Not including Costa in the list is not exactly a surprise. The leader of the PSD, Rui Rio, had already publicly defended that the prime minister should provide explanations in plenary meeting of the Assembly of the Republic and not in parliamentary committee of inquiry. He even went so far as to say that it would be unheard of for a prime minister to testify in a parliamentary committee of inquiry, although several have done so in the recent past, but by written testimony.
In addition to the three current ministers, the PSD also wants to call the former National Defense Minister, José Azeredo Lopes, and his former chief of staff, Lieutenant General Martins Pereira. Like the former Army Chief of Staff, General Rovisco Duarte, and his successor, General Nunes da Fonseca. In total, the PSD list has 29 names.
Although it has not been called by the PSD, curiously it will be the PS to request a written testimony of the prime minister. In the list of personalities that the PS wants to hear in the commission of inquiry, besides Costa (in this case only in writing, prerogative of the benefit of the prime ministers in office), stands out the former Attorney General of the Republic, Joana Marques Vidal.