The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, today considered “effectively regrettable” the sharing of data on Russian activists with the authorities of that country, already assumed by the Lisbon Chamber, saying that “fundamental rights” are at stake.

I will know exactly what happened, but depending on what you say, if this is true, it is the recognition that it happened and it is indeed regrettable because, in a democratic and free country, if that is the case, fundamental rights of people and that apply to the Portuguese, but to all who are in Portuguese territory”, declared.

The President of the Republic responded to journalists in Funchal, at the entrance to a lunch at the Rectory of the University of Madeira, at the end of the commemorative ceremony of the 10th of June, after being asked about the apology of the Mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, for the situation, publicly assumed by the mayor as “an error”.

Asked whether this case calls into question the country’s image, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa added that “it is something that does not correspond to what is a fundamental principle of respect for people and their rights, whether they are Portuguese or foreigners living in Portugal or live in Portugal”.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa sent in more comments after he learned more about what happened, claiming that the situation has a diplomatic dimension and a dimension that respects people’s rights: “When I know, I won’t stop saying what I think about the matter” , said.

Earlier, questioned by journalists on Avenida do Mar, Funchal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa had stated that “the President of the Republic must know exactly what is going on”.

I have to know the facts. There was? Wasn’t there? How was it? On what terms? Who did? How did this happen? What effect did it have? We will see”, he said, stressing that he learned of the case by the media.

Expresso newspaper reported on Wednesday that data from Russian citizens who were linked to the organization of the protest in solidarity with Russian opponent Alexei Navalny, detained in Russia, were shared by Lisbon City Council with the Russian Embassy and went to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of that country.

Earlier this afternoon, the Mayor of Lisbon asked for “public apologies” for sharing data on Russian activists in Portugal with Russian authorities, assuming that it was “a regrettable mistake that could not have happened”.

I want to make a public apology to the protesters in defense of Navalny’s rights, just as I have already done to the protester. I want to take up this public apology for a regrettable error in all respects of the Chamber of Lisbon”, said Fernando Medina at a press conference.

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