Woman jailed for defamation is finally released on conditional bail

It’s a case that has received skeletal coverage in the nation’s press, but Maria de Lurdes Rodrigues – the woman jailed for the crimes of defamation and libel of various high-ranking figures has finally been released on conditional bail.

It’s no ‘victory’, say supporters, as not only has Maria de Lurdes spent two years “of suffering” for her opinion, liberty is now conditional on her keeping that opinion to herself – not only to the end of her three year sentence, but henceforth.

Announcing her release from Tires jail, supporters have thanked TVI for the courage to denounce the case when the majority of national media has remained silent.

Indeed, had the media taken more interest, Facebook commentators suggest Maria de Lurdes would have been released a great deal sooner.

For the background to this case, click here