PSD in spotlight over suspicions of corruption

PSD excludes candidates with court convictions; even the whiff of crime against State

Portugal’s centre right social democrats have announced they will be excluding candidates in the upcoming legislative elections that have been convicted in the first tier of the court system, or who have ‘strong indications’ against them of the practice of any kind of crime against the State. That this should be a given for any prospective MP is not the point: it is very likely an indirect challenge to PS Socialists to declare the same, and then act accordingly. Explains the PSD, the party supports the ‘presumption of innocence until proved otherwise’ and the ‘separation of powers’ but believes “the ethical dimension should also be considered”, and thus does not want any candidates against whom potential mud could be sticking.