After being presented to a judge, the suspect of threatening the President of the Republic was ordered to undergo the most serious measure of coercion: preventive detention, which will be carried out in the psychiatric establishment of Caxias.
This Tuesday, the PJ detained a man suspected of threatening to kill the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. The director of the Judiciary later confirmed that the man has a criminal record associated with violent crime and had already been convicted before.
The man will have sent, in October, a letter to the Civil House in which he allegedly demanded payment of one million euros not to kill the President. In that letter, there would be an indication of the bank account to which the transfer should be made and a bullet.
Since then, the letter has been subject to expertise in the Scientific Police Laboratory. However, it was possible to identify the suspect and proceed with his arrest. The PJ clarifies, in a statement, that the man is “suspected of committing crimes of aggravated coercion, attempted extortion and possession of a prohibited weapon”.
Suspect is ex-military and is considered dangerous
According to what SIC found, he is an ex-militaryconsidered dangerous, a former Social Security employee who suffer from psychological problems.
Four years ago, he threatened other high-ranking figures in the State: the Attorney General of the Republic, Lucília Gago, and even Luís Neves, national director of the Judiciary Police.
Ended up convicted in 2020. At home, had a list with personal data of magistrates, police and other entities which he threatened to disclose if €500,000 were not paid.