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8 The Portugal News •  18 Jan 2020                                 News



      €13,000 for family of student killed during “hazing”



      The Portuguese state must pay €13,000 in compensation to the family of one of the students from Universidade Lusófona, who died at Meco beach six
      The Portuguese state must pay €13,000 in compensation to the family of one of the students from Universidade Lusófona, who died
      The Portuguese state must pay €13,000 in compensation to the family of one of the students from Universidade Lusófona, who died
      The Portuguese state must pay €13,000 in compensation to the family of one of the students from Universidade Lusófona, who died at Meco beach six at Meco beach six
      The Portuguese state must pay €13,000 in compensation to the family of one of the students from Universidade Lusófona, who died at Meco beach six at Meco beach six
      years ago, following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that cited failings in the investigation into the incident.
      years ago, following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that cited failings in the investigation into the incident.
      years ago, following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that cited failings in the investigation into the incident.
      years ago, following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that cited failings in the investigation into the incident.
      years ago, following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that cited failings in the investigation into the incident.
                                                              ccording to the   endanger people’s lives or  had unrestricted access to  is, a month and a half after
                                                              ruling published  their physical or       the house,” the ruling  the events,” it notes.
                                                              on the ECHR       psychological integrity.  states.               It also points out that the
                                                       Awebsite, in             “While acknowledging the  It also says that forensic  investigation did not move
                                                       addition to the €13,000 in  undoubtedly tragic nature of  inspection of the house  ahead at speed until it was
                                                       compensation, the        this case, the Court did not  where the students were  taken over by the office of
                                                       Portuguese state must pay  consider that the     staying was delayed, only  public prosecutions at
                                                       more than €7,000 in legal  [Portuguese] State failed in  occurring on 11 February  Almada, more than a month
                                                       costs and fees.          its obligations relating to  2014 - almost two months  after the deaths.
                                                       The ECHR found that the  Article 2 and [that it could]  after the tragedy.  The deaths took place on
                                                       investigation by the     be held responsible for the  “Items from the house and  15 December 2013 and,
                                                       authorities did not meet the  death of the son of Soares  Meco beach contained  after the discovery of the
                                                       requirements for the     Campos” – the father of  potential and important  body of Tiago Campos, the
                                                       protection of the right to life,  Tiago André Campos, the  sensitive information  following day, a criminal
                                                       especially since a series of  ECHR said.         regarding the [students]  inquiry was opened into the
                                                       urgent steps could have  The court states that the  concerned,” it notes.  circumstances of the
                                                       been taken shortly after the  petitioner Soares Campos,  “Isolating these items for  deaths of the young people.
                                                       incident in December 2013  whose son died when he  investigative purposes  It was shelved in July 2014
                                                       in which six students died  was dragged into the sea by  would have prevented any  but reopened in October of
                                                       who were taking part in an  a wave while taking part in  interference from several  the same year, when
                                                       initiation ceremony for new  an initiation ceremony on  people and [the failure to do  Gouveia – the ‘dux’ or leader
                                                       students on the beach,   the beach at Meco, claimed  so] prevented the police  of the initiation ceremony –
                                                       south of Lisbon.         that the death of his son had  from recovering them later.”  was named as a person of
                                                       However, it took the view  been caused by the lack of a  The ECHR also takes the  interest in the case.
                                                       that there was no legal  legal structure regulating  view that the clothes worn  In March 2015 a court
                                                       vacuum where the         the practice of such    on the night of the tragedy  decided not to send the
                                                       practices of student     activities at Portuguese  by the only survivor, as well  case for trial and the appeal
                                                       initiations were concerned,  universities and    as his computer, could have  court in Évora upheld that
                                                       since Portuguese         complained that the     been seized immediately  decision, arguing that the
                                                       legislation already has a set  investigation by the  and subjected to forensic  victims were adults and had
                                                       of “criminal, civil and  authorities into the    examination, but this was  not been deprived of their
                                                       disciplinary provisions  circumstances of the    only done in March 2014.  freedom during the
                                                       aimed at preventing,     student’s death had been  Another of the measures  ceremony, so there was no
      The deaths took place on 15 December 2013 at Meco beach  suppressing and punishing  ineffective.  that the court considers  criminal liability for
      The deaths took place on 15 December 2013 at Meco beach
      The deaths took place on 15 December 2013 at Meco beach
      The deaths took place on 15 December 2013 at Meco beach
      The deaths took place on 15 December 2013 at Meco beach
      and the following day a criminal inquiry was opened  circumstances that   In their ruling, the judges  should have been taken  Gouveia.
      and the following day a criminal inquiry was opened
      and the following day a criminal inquiry was opened
      and the following day a criminal inquiry was opened
      and the following day a criminal inquiry was opened
                                                                                point to several flaws in the  more urgently was a  The victims’ parents in
                                                                                investigation, starting with  reconstruction of events on  2016 took out civil actions
                                                                                the fact that the house  the beach, with the    against Gouveia and the
                                                                                where the victims were  involvement of the only  university, seeking
                                                                                staying could have been  survivor. That, too, “did not  €150,000 for each victim.
                                                                                sealed off, with access  happen until 14 February  Tiago Campos’s father
                                                                                barred to all persons not  2014,” it notes.     also filed a complaint with
                                                                                connected to the        The ECHR also laments the  the European Court of
                                                                                investigation, in order to  authorities’ failure to swiftly  Human Rights, which was
                                                                                prevent any contamination  collect testimony from  lodged on 27 May 2016,
                                                                                or loss of evidence.    people present nearby,  based on the claim that
                                                                                “The Court was particularly  including the neighbours  Portugal had violated
                                                                                impressed by the fact that  and the owner of the house  Article 2 of the European
                                                                                J.G. [João Gouveia, sole  where the students were  Convention on Human
                                                                                survivor of the incident] and  staying.         Rights — the article
                                                                                his relatives, the families of  “These people did not testify  providing for the right to life.
                                                                                the victims and third parties  until 8 and 10 February, that    TPN/PA
                                                                                New diesel vehicle pollution reaches highs
                                                                                The European Transport and Environment Federation concluded that the
                                                                                The European Transport and Environment Federation concluded that the
                                                                                The European Transport and Environment Federation concluded that the
                                                                               The European Transport and Environment Federation concluded that the
                                                                               The European Transport and Environment Federation concluded that the
                                                                                pollution of new diesel vehicles reaches levels a thousand times above
                                                                               pollution of new diesel vehicles reaches levels a thousand times above
                                                                               pollution of new diesel vehicles reaches levels a thousand times above
                                                                                pollution of new diesel vehicles reaches levels a thousand times above
                                                                                pollution of new diesel vehicles reaches levels a thousand times above
                                                                                normal values.
                                                                                normal values.
                                                                                normal values.
                                                                               normal values.
                                                                               normal values.
                                                                                 Zero said the European Transport and  diesel vehicles equipped with particle
                                                                                Environment Federation argued that  filters will carry out an estimated 23 million
                                                                                European and Portuguese legislators  cleanings per year,” the environmentalist
                                                                                should accept that diesel vehicles are  association said.
                                                                                still highly polluting and should take  In tests commissioned by the European
                                                                                urgent action.                      Transport and Environment Federation,
                                                                                 Zero pointed out that when cleaning/  Nissan’s Qashqai model and Opel’s Astra
                                                                                regenerating particle filters in vehicles,  model were analysed.
                                                                                emission peaks are reached that are   Both showed values between 32 percent
                                                                                particularly severe for the heart and are  and 55 percent above the legal particulate
                                                                                effectively ignored by official emissions  limit when performing these particulate
                                                                                tests.                              filter cleaning in independent tests.
                                                                                 “In general, inhalable particles can  Zero pointed out, however, that there is a
                                                                                significantly increase the risk of  loophole in the legislation where the legal
                                                                                cardiorespiratory disease. More than 45  limit does not apply when the filter
                                                                                million vehicles contain these particle  cleaning takes place in official tests, which
                                                                                filters in Europe, representing a total of 1.3  means that 60-99 percent of the regulated
                                                                                billion cleanings (“regenerates”) per year.  particulate emissions of the tested
                                                                                In Portugal, the approximately 775,000  vehicles are ignored.                            TPN/Lusa
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