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Judges consider replacing homicide for offense to physical integrity

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Mário Cruz / Lusa

The Lisbon Criminal Court, which is judging three inspectors from the Foreigners and Borders Services for the death of Ukrainian citizen Ihor Homeniuk, announced this Wednesday that it is considering changing the charge of qualified homicide to a serious offense to the physical integrity aggravated by the result (death ).

The information was given by the president of the panel of judges Rui Coelho, in this Wednesday’s session, who explained that the possibility of being judged is not left out for the crime they are accused of. But he said the ad was intended to “avoid surprise decisions,” writes the newspaper Público.

Rui Coelho explained that the court understands “that the facts described in the indictment support such imputation [de ofensa à integridade física qualificada grave, agravada pelo resultado] that emerges as a minus relative to the original imputation [homicídio qualificado], in this containing itself ”.

“To that extent, we are facing a mere alteration of the legal qualification, for less serious crime, which will be considered by the court in a deliberative manner, which communicates in order to avoid surprise decisions ”, he said.

The next session is scheduled for next Monday, April 12, and could be the last before the judgment is read, if the judges decide whether to hear the medical experts listed by the defense.

In this trial, SEF inspectors Duarte Laja, Bruno Sousa and Luís Silva are accused of the qualified homicide of Ihor Homeniuk, a crime punishable by up to 25 years in prison, and two of the defendants are also responsible for possession of an illegal weapon (baton).

Ihor Homenyuk died on March 12 at the Temporary Installation Center at Lisbon airport, two days after he disembarked, with a tourist visa, coming from Turkey.

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