The Counterterrorism Unit of the Judiciary Police and the Public Prosecutor's Office are investigating the Animal Intervention and Rescue (IRA) group for crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping and terrorism. Cristina Rodrigues, a member of the PAN's political commission and chief of staff, will be suspected of being linked to the hooded.
The group in question claims to rescue abused animals, but, according to the victims, the action goes further: they rob them, they make armed harassments to the owners and they threaten who faces them. They have guns, drones and, according to TVI, links to the People-Animal-Nature (PAN) party.
It was reported on that television channel in a report on the group issued on Thursday evening. According to journalists Ana Leal and André Carvalho Ramos, who spoke to an IRA member and victims of the group, the Judiciary Police suspect that Cristina Rodrigues is one of the people who appear hooded in at least one of the propaganda videos broadcast by the same .
Speaking to the television station, questioned about whether she was part of the group of hooded women who appear in the videos, Cristina Rodrigues refused to reply directly: "As a lawyer I am subject to professional secrecy, so I can not and will not reveal anything that could compromise this secrecy. "
Nevertheless, he assumed that he is the legal representative of the IRA, and even signed complaints to the police on the part of that association. "I will help pro bono some associations, this association being one of them." The complaints are made in the name of the IRA or by proxy, ie in the name of the IRA with a power of attorney signed on my behalf, "he said.
According to TVI, Cristina Rodrigues, who was also a PAN candidate for the Sintra City Council, dealt with the process that allowed the IRA to be received by the party in the Assembly of the Republic.
PAN's deputy, André Silva, assured that the PAN does not have "any type of relationship" with the IRA, even denying having "knowledge" of the group's way of acting, but later on in the report, he ended up showing more of what he claimed. "They do not get any kind of money, they never ask for any kind of money," defended the deputy.
After the news piece was issued, the IRA posted a message on Facebook, refuting several of the remarks. "After watching the report with the utmost attention, we conclude that we will have a super easy task in refuting all the nonsense and mounts / audio and video editions", read at the beginning of the publication, which then elicits some explanations of the group against the accusations exposed in the reporting.