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Posted by portugalpress on August 09, 2018

A bizarre legal tangle has seen to it that a man twice arrested for the suspected rape of 13-year-olds in Portugal and “wanted in Brazil” for a similar offence is still living here absolutely free from any restrictions.

The 37-year-old ‘Uber driver’ is described as a Portuguese-Brazilian who fled São Paulo a year ago.

Because he is a Portuguese national, an international arrest warrant emitted by authorities in Brazil has been refused.

According to reports, there have been two international arrests warrants issued over this man, and because one has already been refused (on the basis that Portugal does not extradite its citizens to Brazil and vice-versa), the other - actioned earlier this week - was considered null and void.

Thus the man was not even brought before judges. The Public Ministry simply released him.

Say reports, the man was first arrested in June for the alleged rape of a 13-year-old in the Setúbal area.

At the time, “thousands of images of children being subjected to sexual abuse” were found on his computer, “several of them committed and filmed by himself”, writes tabloid Correio da Manhã.

The man was nonetheless released on the basis that while PJ police prepared the case against him, he would seek medical treatment.

Police inquiries led to counterparts in Brazil who submitted the latest international arrest warrant, deemed irrelevant.

Meantime, Setúbal police are continuing their investigation, to determine “if there are more victims in Portugal”.

What this means, effectively, is that if the man decides to leave Portugal before the investigation is concluded, there is nothing to stop him.

In the event that police do build a solid case against him, a European Arrest Warrant could then be issued to try and locate him.