The inquiry into the Navy ship “NRP Mondego” concluded that there were conditions to carry out the mission, which 13 soldiers refused to carry out citing lack of security, the President of the Republic said this Friday.
“It was decided to carry out an investigation, the investigation is concluded and the investigation revealed that there were not enough reasons to determine the non-execution of the defined line of command by the ship’s top manager”, declared Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who is in Madeira for participate in the Congress of the Association of Judges.
Speaking to journalists, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who is also the supreme commander of the Armed Forces, says he will now wait for the process to unfold.
“We are talking about a process that is ongoing. We are in a democratic state of law and that must be respected. What should have been done was done: verifying the circumstances in fact, listening to those involved and then acting accordingly. .”
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also made a point of underlining that he has confidence in Admiral Gouveia e Melo, Chief of Staff of the Navy.
“The President of the Republic and supreme commander of the Armed Forces is the one who appoints the military leaders and, therefore, a military leader who is in office has the confidence of the President of the Republic, in addition to having that of the Government, which proposes the appointment”, declared.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also highlighted the importance of discipline within the Armed Forces.
“In the Armed Forces, the principle of discipline is very important, I just do not pronounce on this matter because I wait for the conclusion of the ongoing process, for those who are competent in the matter to decide”, said the President of the Republic.
Thirteen soldiers from the ship “NRP Mondego”, which is in Madeira, last Saturday refused to carry out a mission, claiming the vessel’s lack of safety conditions.