PSD President Rui Rio said on Wednesday he did not see any involvement of the President of the Republic in the case of Tancos and considered it "light" that such an attempt could be made.
Rui Rio was asked, during a campaign action in Vidigueira, about how he saw involvement in the Tancos case by the name of the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who has already publicly rejected him and said that "he is not a criminal".
“Involvement of the President of the Republic I do not see any”, said Rui Rio.
Asked about the news that the head of state appears in the context of this process, the leader of the PSD argued that it is "very careful" when involving the name of any President of the Republic in court proceedings.
"I think it is lightweight to involve the President of the Republic in such a controversy, we should not do it," he said.
On Tuesday in New York, the President of the Republic reiterated that he had never been informed by any means of the alleged cover-up in the recovery of Tancos' stolen weapons, and underlined that "it is good to be clear" that "it is not criminal." "
"I hope this is the last time I speak on the matter, because the prosecution is always awaited, if any, and whatever is being investigated against anyone, without any limitation, is investigated," stated.
TVI reported that day that PJ Military Major Vasco Brazão referred to the President of the Republic as a "parrot of the kingdom", who, according to him, knew everything.
Speaking to TVI, Vasco Brazão's lawyer Ricardo Sá Fernandes said that such statement "did not have in mind to reach the President of the Republic".
"Moreover, my representative is not aware that the President of the Republic was aware of the facts concerning the finding of stolen war material in Tancos," Ricardo Sá Fernandes told that television.
The theft of war weapons in Tancos storerooms was reported on June 29, 2017.
One of the defendants in the case is former National Defense Minister Jose Azeredo Lopes, who is prohibited from contacting the other defendants, his former chief of staff and former Army Chief of Staff General Rovisco Duarte.