Hunger-strike in Évora jail

Hunger-strike in Évora jail

In Évora jail since September – along with 44 other inmates, including former prime minister José Sócrates – ex-maritime policeman Paulo Guiomar began a hunger-strike on Christmas Day in protest to being denied contact with his family since being arrested for the two-year abduction of his daughter Maria Alice.
At the same time, Guiomar’s mother Maria Dolores, 64, was finally allowed home from her preventive custody over the same issue.
As the Resident reported in September, nine-year-old Maria Alice was finally returned to her mother after being apparently kept under wraps in an attic in Belgium for over two years (see: https://www.portugalresident.com/on-the-way-home-police-locate-kidnapped-maria-alice).
The little girl is now well into her new life, and while grandmother Dolores has been allowed home on an electronic bracelet, it is understood to be on the condition that she makes no contact at all with her granddaughter.
As Dolores told reporters in the tense aftermath of her son’s capture, she had been the one who looked after Maria Alice for most of the time of the abduction, schooling the child “at home” in the rented attic, and teaching her to become “a little woman”.
Dolores Guiomar was arrested on September 24 and had been held at Odemira Prison ever since.