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    Does portugal have the equivalent of FOIA?

    Freedom of information act or something similar? I know nothing can really be obtained till after the investigation is over...BUT I would love to get my hands on that file....

    anyone know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JinxieJada View Post
    Freedom of information act or something similar? I know nothing can really be obtained till after the investigation is over...BUT I would love to get my hands on that file....

    anyone know?
    I have asked the question of our friends in Portugal....I will get your their answer as soon as I can.

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    http://www.freedominfo.org/countries/portugal.htm

    Maybe that will give the answer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by colomom View Post
    I have asked the question of our friends in Portugal....I will get your their answer as soon as I can.

    Thanks Colomom! if you read this before getting a response back....could you find out the price per page or however it's done over there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JinxieJada View Post
    Thanks Colomom! if you read this before getting a response back....could you find out the price per page or however it's done over there?
    Here is the response:

    Colomom - I didn't forget about your question concerning the Freedom of Information Act or something similar you asked about earlier.

    From a very useful page on the site of Publico, which usually enlightens us about these issues:

    http://www.publico.clix.pt/nos/livro...-fichas-l.html

    (entirely in Portuguese )

    “O processo crime é público a partir: a) da decisão instrutória, ou b) se não houver instrução, desde que já não possa ser requerida (cf. Processo penal).
    Encontra-se em discussão pública uma alteração do Código do Processo Penal que prevê que o processo crime passa a ser público logo que terminado o inquérito.”

    A crime process is made public as soon as there is either the instruction of the case (meaning the actual ‘acceptance’ of the case by the court) or in case there is no instruction taking place, as soon as it cannot be requested anymore.

    A change in the Penal Process Code is being discussed that would make the crime process public as soon as the inquiry is finished.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I also asked about cost and where to request the docs...will let you know.

    BTW, Elphaba's link is really good too:

    The 1993 Law of Access to Administrative Documents (LADA) allows any person to demand access to administrative documents held by state authorities, public institutions, and local authorities in any form.(2) Requests must be in writing. Government bodies must respond no later than 10 days after receiving a request.

    Unfortunately, the link to the "Law of Access to Administrative Documents (LADA)" is broken.

    Found this on the CADA:

    Pricing and Licensing

    The Commission for Access to Administrative Data (CADA) (Comissão de Acesso aos Documentos Administrativos (CADA) www.cada.pt/ has developed ( 1996), targets for payment for document reproduction, but selling information is at the discretion of each service.
    Information is usually sold at the lowest price possible in view of the public service mission of public authorities.
    Certain institutions, such as the INE (Isituto Nacional de Estatistica) price according to the quality of the information, the quantity, the connection time, the status of the user (whether a commercial user or the final consumer). In the area of judicial information, Datajuris buys its raw material from the state at the same price as the others (Diairio), and adds value by such means as: complete texts, analysis, commentary, jurisprudence, and so on. Datajuris differentiates in its pricing policy
    between large companies, lawyers associations and individual clients.

    But hit a wall again...entirely in Portuguese.

    Found this too:

    Portugal

    Law nº 65/93, of 26 August 1993 provides for access to government records in any form by any person.93
    Documents can be withheld for “internal or external security”, secrecy of justice, and personal privacy.
    It is overseen by the Commission for Access to Administrative Documents (CADA) an independent
    Parliamentary agency.94 The CADA can examine complaints, provide opinions on access, and decide on
    classification of systems. CADA issued 177 opinions in 1998.

    Let's wait and see what our Portuguese friends come back with...

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    Response right back:

    Does it indicate how much it costs (like per page) and where to send your request?

    No, it does not, unfortunately. but I've sent the Ministerio Publico an email asking for info about that - I don't expect them to answer today, as it's already 5 p.m, but maybe early next week I can forward the info to you.

    I will pass it on...

    Don't they just totally rock?!?

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    They sure do...please pass along a "thank you" from me...and I'm sure many others here lol! thank you too Colomom!


    BTW..if we can gain an address and cost...I'll gladly cover postage and cost as long it won't break the bank, if we want to start a list of who else wants the docs...I can make copies and send them along =0

    Am I reading this correctly...since the Prosecutor was given files, does this mean that we could gain access already? I ask that because I thought there were somethings that they were holding "close to the chest" or does the actual trial have to occur or the case come back as closed/unfounded etc..and that's when it's accessible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elphaba View Post
    http://www.freedominfo.org/countries/portugal.htm

    Maybe that will give the answer?
    jinxiejada, not sure you saw Elphaba posted this, may help too.

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    nope i sure didn't....I have so many different threads open my eyes are going
    gaga lol.


    elphaba..thanks for posting this & Christine..thanks for reminding me!!!



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