Justice Minister and Attorney General clash over priorities

Justice minister Paula Teixeira da Cruz has clashed with Attorney General Marques Vidal over priorities for criminal investigation in Portugal.

While the government wants terrorism to be the number one impetus by authorities, Joana Marques Vidal is described as more inclined towards tackling cybercrime, forest fires and crimes against children and vulnerable people.

Diário de Notícias reports that the issue is highlighted in a “controversial document” on its way to the Public Ministry.

Entitled the Law of Priorities, the document sets out the government’s preferred list of crimes that should be targeted by the authorities.

Teixeira da Cruz is understood to have always considered the law a “very bad one” which “puts the separation of powers at risk” and is a way of political power “removing itself from the problems of justice”.

Photo: Justice Minister Paula Teixeira da Cruz and Attorney General Joana Marques Vidal