Thirty-seven of the 40 defendants in the Hells Angels case who have been remanded in custody and under house arrest have begun their release on Monday, a source from the Central Criminal Investigation Tribunal (TCIC) told Lusa.
According to this source and defense attorneys, 33 of the 36 defendants who have been remanded in custody will be released, such as the four defendants who must remain in the electronic surveillance case, all in the main proceedings remaining with the accused. 84 defendants because TCIC will not be able to make an instructive decision until 18 this month.
As the preliminary decision (whether or not the defendants were to be executed) would not be made by November 18, these 40 accused had to be released because they had a maximum period of detention in these cases (one year and four months). ).
In the main proceedings, three elements which were subsequently detained will remain in custody..
Initially, the Public Prosecutor's Office (MoJ) indicted 89 defendants, but five were separated from the main proceedings (which left 84 defendants), leading to two more cases, distributed to the Lisbon Criminal Court: one with the accused, who was arrested at the pre-trial trial in Germany, and last week he arrived in Portugal and was released; and others with four defendants were already at large.
Upon completion of the investigation, the prosecutor charged the abusers with various crimes, including criminal association, attempted murder, criminal offenses of qualified bodily integrity, drug trafficking and illegal possession of a weapon.
The investigation, coordinated by the Central Criminal Investigation and Action Unit (DCIAP), allowed the capture and constitution of the accused for a total of 89 persons.
The defendants are of several nationalities, including German, Swedish, English, Dutch and Romanian.
This major investigation culminated in March last year, when hundreds of groups of Hells Angels Portuguese and some foreigners planned and raided a restaurant in Prior Velho, Loures municipality, to attack him. Red and Gold / Bandits, created by right-wing radical Mario Machado.
Two rival gangs clashed in the business of knives, sticks, iron sticks and other items. There were serious injuries, including a German bandit who came from that country to sponsor a new group.
The Hells Angels Group has existed in Portugal since 2002 and has since been overseen by police, with various investigations in the PJ and intelligence services.
With Valentine Marcellin.