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patfromlogan
22nd January 04, 04:21 PM
Party chief called to testify in Lisbon child sex scandal
By Elizabeth Nash in Madrid
04 June 2003
Portugal's Socialist Party leader is expected to appear in court in Lisbon today to testify in a child sex scandal that has ripped through the political and showbusiness elite.

The case has shocked the nation and shattered public confidence in politicians and the legal system in one of the worst crises for the country since the 1974 Carnation revolution.

Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues is the latest and most senior in a stream of politicians, diplomats and television talkshow hosts to be implicated in a paedophile ring said to have preyed for decades on boys in a state-run orphanage.

Mr Rodrigues is likely to be asked whether he covered up illicit activities: he is not suspected of participating in them. But his influential deputy, the former Labour minister Paulo Pedroso, was detained last month over accusations of15 counts of child sex abuse.

Public opinion has been shaken by allegations that police and other authorities allowed powerful clients to abuse the boys sexually and prostitute them, and did nothing to stop them for 30 years.

Several former inmates of the Casa Pia boys' home in Lisbon have described the sexual abuse they received in the 1970s and 1980s. An official report said that among the children still living at Casa Pia, at least 128 had been subjected to sexual abuse. Many are deaf and dumb.

Mr Pedroso, 38, is accused of committing offences in the late 1990s. He resigned his party responsibilities before he was detained on 22 May and stepped down as an MP last Thursday.

FingerorMoon?
22nd January 04, 05:12 PM
"Atleast Bush doesn't have sex with children"

Doesn't the Patriot Act give him power to do that ?

Jolly_Roger
22nd January 04, 05:52 PM
Hey, that's a good slogan for an election campaing...or a endearing quality on a president
"At least Bush doesn't have sex with children"

TheGodDamnMan
23rd January 04, 03:52 AM
Originally posted by FingerorMoon?
"Atleast Bush doesn't have sex with children"

Doesn't the Patriot Act give him power to do that ?


lol, not only does it give him the power to do it but he can do it without a warrent :p