The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, talked with the Ukrainian counterpart about the murder of the Ukrainian citizen at SEF facilities, with Volodymyr Zelensky asking Portugal to “guarantee a complete and impartial investigation”.
According a statement posted on the page of the Presidency of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Volodymyr Zelensky talked for an hour and, among several subjects addressed, “looked into the case” of Ihor Homeniuk.
The Ukrainian head of state “thanked the Portuguese side for fair compensation and concern for” the family of the Ukrainian citizen who was killed by inspectors of the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF), in March last year, at the SEF facilities at Humberto Airport Delgado, in Lisbon.
“We are confident that the Portuguese side will guarantee a complete and impartial investigation into the circumstances of the death of Ukrainian citizen Ihor Homeniuk,” said Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the conversation with Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, according to the same note.
Ukrainian citizen Ihor Homeniuk died as a result of violent assaults by three SEF inspectors, who are accused of qualified homicide, with the alleged complicity or cover-up of 12 other inspectors.
The trial of this case will begin on January 20.
Nine months after the alleged murder, then SEF director Cristina Gatões resigned after several parties demanded political consequences on this matter.
The same political forces also demanded the resignation of the Minister of Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita, who did not comply with the requirement and considered that Cristina Gatões “did well to understand” that she should “cease functions”, since she would not be able to lead the process of restructuring of the organism.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa – who is re-running for a second term – was criticized by several parties and opponents in the race to Belém for not having contacted Ihor Homeniuk’s family after the case was known. The President was also accused of having been silent for nine months.
Regarding these accusations, the President replied that he understood that he should not do so in order “not to make an exception” and because the investigation of the case was still ongoing.
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