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8 The Portugal News •  17 Nov 2018                                 News


       Criminal network tried in Lisbon for imposing



       security services through violence



       Portugal’s Public Prosecutor has accused 24 defendants, including a police officer, a soldier and a psychologist, of belonging to a criminal network that
       Portugal’s Public Prosecutor has accused 24 defendants, including a police officer, a soldier and a psychologist, of belonging to a criminal network thatto a criminal network that
       Portugal’s Public Prosecutor has accused 24 defendants, including a police officer, a soldier and a psychologist, of belonging
       Portugal’s Public Prosecutor has accused 24 defendants, including a police officer, a soldier and a psychologist, of belonging  to a criminal network thatto a criminal network that
       Portugal’s Public Prosecutor has accused 24 defendants, including a police officer, a soldier and a psychologist, of belonging
       used violence to impose security services in establishments in Lisbon, along the south bank of the Tagus and in the Algarve.
       used violence to impose security services in establishments in Lisbon, along the south bank of the Tagus and in the Algarve.
       used violence to impose security services in establishments in Lisbon, along the south bank of the Tagus and in the Algarve.
       used violence to impose security services in establishments in Lisbon, along the south bank of the Tagus and in the Algarve.
       used violence to impose security services in establishments in Lisbon, along the south bank of the Tagus and in the Algarve.
                                                       appearance” of bouncer   to remove former bouncers  the training of bouncers,  employment contracts to
                                                       training, “without many of  from night venue     which he carried out    engage in sex with
                                                       the trainees attending the  establishments and, on the  fraudulently, according to the  customers in exchange for
                                                       courses or without them  other hand, to compel   organisation’s instructions  money.
                                                       being effectively        owners to hire the      and charged the payment of  During the criminal activity,
                                                       ministered”.             defendants’ security    the inherent amounts”, the  the defendants spoke in
                                                       In spite of Sérgio Valério and  services.        accusation points out.  code, referring to the drugs
                                                       Fernando Pereira’s “two-  With the purpose of    The MP states that one of  as “honey, minis, being in a
                                                       headed structure of group  “granting apparent legality  the defendants, who at the  good mood, water, kiss,
                                                       leadership”, it was the  to the training courses that  time was the manager of a  clothing and plasma TVs”.
                                                       former who was “the      they intended to minister”, a  company that provided  The PM adds that the
                                                       preponderant element in  PSP officer “joined the  occupational health and  network had firearms at their
                                                       the relationship with those  group”, as a “trainer of their  safety services, and the  disposal whenever
      A gang accused of demanding protection money from
      A gang accused of demanding protection money from
      A gang accused of demanding protection money from
      A gang accused of demanding protection money from
      A gang accused of demanding protection money from
      security company customers went on trial this week.
      security company customers went on trial this week.
      security company customers went on trial this week.  who would be the true  private courses and to sign  psychologist also accused,  necessary.
      security company customers went on trial this week.
      security company customers went on trial this week.
      (Photo: Lusa)
      (Photo: Lusa)
      (Photo: Lusa)                                    operatives of the group”.  the certificates of   used the signatures of two  “The group also had ‘patrol
      (Photo: Lusa)
      (Photo: Lusa)
                                                       Thus, the two elements   attendance”.            doctors - one deceased and  staff’ who would flag
             he trial started at  indictment, seen by Lusa  “recruited a large number of  The MP maintains that this  one no longer working in the  situations of trouble
             9.30am on         News Agency, the two main  individuals”, in particular,  police officer “played a  company - and issued the  whenever there were
             Tuesday morning   defendants, one of whom  the majority of the     fundamental role”, because  candidates with clinical  clashes / disturbances in the
      Tin Lisbon’s             was the manager of the  defendants and other     he was responsible for  clearance certificates for the  establishments where they
      Central Criminal Court,  defendant security      unidentified persons, all  signing all documents  bouncers’ courses, without  provided services, which
      involving charges of criminal  company, created in 2009 “a  “known for their degree of  necessary to make the  them having been  allowed them to intervene
      association, hundreds of  structured and organised”  operability and violence, to  authority responsible for  examined.   with brawn, being perceived
      crimes of document forgery,  group to provide security  extend the group’s activities  issuing bouncers’ cards  The prosecution further  as true vigilantes of service”,
      coercion, extortion,     and surveillance services to  to other geographical  (PSP) to falsely portray “that  points out that in  the indictment reports.
      possession of illegal    nightlife establishments.  areas”.               the individuals identified in  establishments where  The patrol was also required
      weapons, mockery, physical  The aim, says the MP, was  Each was given a distinct  those documents were  “surveillance services” were  to visit the various
      harm, theft, drug trafficking,  to extract economic  function and the duty of  trained and had been  imposed, the group sold  establishments in order to
      aggravated threat and    dividends “resulting from the  obedience to a hierarchy.  evaluated successfully”.  drugs through a drug sales  oblige the owners to hire the
      unlawful exercise of private  imposition of security  Throughout the indictment,  The police officer “was  and distribution network and  services provided by the
      security.                services in various night-  a number of episodes of  responsible for carrying out  provided conditions for  security company and / or to
      According to the Public  time establishments” while  violence were described,  one of the main activities of  foreign nationals with whom  charge them if they had
      Prosecutor (MP)’s        simultaneously “creating the  which aim, on the one hand,  the group, which consisted of  they entered into  invoices in arrears.
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