Security beefed-up around Portugal’s “tabloid super judge”

Security beefed-up around Portugal’s “tabloid super judge”

After an impossible year’s schedule rounding-up suspects in multiple cases of corruption – and being responsible for sending José Sócrates to jail – tabloid super judge Carlos Alexandre is understood to be in need of reinforced security. The man-in-charge at Lisbon’s central court of criminal instruction has been flanked by PSP bodyguards since March, but since he took on “Operation Marquês”, he is considered to be in new danger.
At issue is the sheer number of cases the so-called “Mourinho of the Justice System” has taken on.
Público explains in a story out yesterday that Alexandre has not just got former government employees and bankers like Salgado on his list. There are also cases involving violent and organised crimes.
As we reported in our story last week (https://www.portugalresident.com/%E2%80%9Cwild-beast%E2%80%9D-s%C3%B3crates-faces-fearless-judge), Alexandre’s family has also been threatened.
His wife was run over in a freak accident, while his house was broken into and a gun left by the photographs of his children.
Indeed according to Correio da Manhã newspaper this week, there are moves afoot to distance the super-judge from the Sócrates investigation – particularly after Sócrates’ lawyer, respected Daniel Proença de Carvalho has been casting aspersions on his capabilities, saying Alexandre has too many cases in his hands.
Proença de Carvalho told TSF that Portugal appeared to be “losing the right to be heard by a natural judge” – one that can guarantee impartiality and independence to those he is judging.