Celso Lopes (right) was heard this Friday in court. Flávio Almada (on the left) was questioned by police lawyers© Gonçalo Villaverde / Global Images. Featured Image
Eighteen months ago, they were defendants, accused of storming a police station.
But since that case was overturned last year, Flavio Almada, Celso Lopes, Rui Moniz, Miguel Reis, Paulo Veiga and Bruno Lopes have been testifying not as the accused, but as victims in an unprecedented trial that has put 17 officers of the PSP – Portugal’s public police force – in the dock.
The new case, currently being heard in court, rejects the version of events previously offered by the police officers, and charges them with physical assault, aggravated kidnapping, inhumane treatment and inciting racially-motivated discrimination, hatred and violence – as well as slander, falsifying witness testimonies and falsifying documentation.
Racism, Institutional Racism, Police Brutality, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN, Willoughby Avenue