After almost 20 days in silence, the Portuguese Parliament and the Superior Council of the Magistracy announced on Monday that they will investigate the illegal adoption scheme of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in Lisbon. The scheme, discovered by journalists Alexandra Borges and judite França, of TVI of Portugal, was the object of a strong denunciation in the series The Secret of the Gods, published in the second fortnight of December of 2017.
The parliamentary investigation is due to the effort of the Truth Movement, spontaneous organisation of mothers who are said to be outraged by the silence of the Portuguese authorities on the subject, which finally begins to be broken. They organised demonstrations in various cities of the country with the purpose of collecting signatures to instruct a motion addressed to the Legislative.
The Truth Movement was able to collect more than 8 thousand signatures, doubling the minimum number necessary to give effect to the motion, which was 4 thousand. Now, the subject will go to the analysis of constitutionality. The goal, according to the organisers of the motion, is to have the Assembly create a special commission to investigate the matter.
The investigation of the Judiciary
At the same time, the Higher Council of Magistracy, the highest body representing the judiciary, also decided to investigate the procedures adopted in cases denounced by the courts and other bodies responsible for tutelage and the weakness of adoption procedures in Portugal.
For the Vice-President of the Council, Judge-Counselor Mário Belo Morgado, “the analysis of cases and procedures is of the utmost importance in order to assess whether situations have been superseded by the new law and to gauge the procedures prior to decisions and interaction of the courts with the institutions with responsibility in the course of preparing judicial decisions “.
Read below the full representation of the Truth Movement and the Superior Council of the Judiciary.
Motion to the Assembly
Nota do Conselho Superior da Magistraturadocument(157)