“It is disturbing [that], at a time when so many doubts come to public opinion about transparency, the transparency of procedures, involving cases of corruption at the highest level of society, and the State, in general, shrugs and take refuge in the progress of Judiciary for action for something to be done”, said Pedro Passos Coelho, referring to the lack of clarifications by the Government on the case of “serious irregularities that occurred in the scope of adoption of minors”, reported by a television channel.
The national leader of the PSD (Democratic Social Party) spoke in Guarda, where he presided over the opening session of the IV Local Power Academy, organized by the PSD and Social Democratic Authors (ASD).
In his speech, he pleaded “that, in general, the political forces, but in particular the Government, too, should get out of its slumber and start to pronounce on this and take action on this.” The Judiciary has its role, but political institutions also have their role and it is not because certain subjects are under criminal investigation that can not or should not deserve political and social discussion”, he said, adding: “it is still possible to recover some of the time that was wasted in these months and tell the Portuguese people that whatever has happened we will do everything in our power so that it will not be repeated in the future. ”
“Some time ago, a media organisation, a television channel, brought to public attention the knowledge of serious irregularities that occurred in the context of adoption of minors”, he recalled.
The former prime minister added that “it does not seem astonishing to anyone after all this time has passed the Government has not taken any initiative aimed at clarifying with the public authorities the responsibility for what happened.”
“As if the matter had expired, as if it were nothing to do with the State. Politicians have shied away from talking about this subject as the devil from the cross – and here comes the devil again”, he said.
Still on the politicians, he stated that “no one hears a word about it and when someone is put under pressure to say something about it, they go on to say that the Judiciary’s General Office is to act and investigate, as if the State itself, as an administrative body, should not also, with inspection mechanisms, investigate what happened, or try to ascertain what happened”.
In his view, it becomes necessary to know “what has actually happened” and what needs to be repaired about the past and what needs to be done “to prevent future situations like that from happening again.”
[News corrected at 11:55 PM – clarifies that Pedro Passos Coelho’s criticisms centered on cases of irregular adoptions of children reported by TVI]