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ENGLISH LANGUAGE (LINGUA PORTUGUESA EMBAIXO)

INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC PETITION

THE THEFT OF THE PORTUGUESE CROWN JEWELS

CASE BACKGROUND

In 2002, having received a request, the Portuguese Authorities authorized six pieces of the Portuguese Crown Jewels to be taken out of Portugal to be displayed in an exhibition in Holland. While in Holland, all the six pieces were stolen, much to the most complete dismay and horror of the Portuguese People, proud of its 863 years history as an independent country (1143). One of the pieces can be seen on the INTERPOL website at the following address:

http://www.interpol.int/public/Data/WorkOfArt/Items/Data/1019/1019573.asp

Although priceless, all six pieces were valued for insurance payout purposes in the total amount of 6,2 Million Euros (7,799,703.14 USD or in British Pounds 4,175,674.94 GBP). Finally, after 4 long waiting years of negotiations, the funds will be available and should be paid to the Portuguese Government until the end of year 2006.
It has been made public in the Portuguese Media, however, that the money will be paid to the Finance Ministry and as a result, the Culture Ministry (in charge of art, culture and heritage matters) is unlikely to have access to the entirety of the compensation funds. Culture Minister, Ms Isabel Pires de Lima stated to the media on 23/09/06 that the funds should only be used in the area of heritage because this is the area where the loss occurred.
As it can be seen, it is well evident in the declarations, that the Portuguese Government appears not to intend to apply the funds to the reconstruction of exact copies of the lost jewels, thus repairing the offence made to the pride and love the Portuguese People feels for its National Heritage.

THE PETITION

We, the undersigned hereby DEMAND the following to be carried out by the Portuguese Government:

1. To suspend with immediate effect the functions of the person or persons involved and responsible for authorizing the jewels to leave the Country.
2. To initiate immediate investigations to ascertain the responsibilities of the person or persons responsible for authorising priceless pieces of the Portuguese Crown Jewels to be taken out of the Country and be displayed in a municipal exhibition in Holland under safety and security conditions not suitable for such pieces.
3. If found negligent, any such persons are to be dismissed with immediate effect without compensation and legal proceedings taken against them on account of gross misconduct and negligence.
4. Upon receipt of the funds, that these are transferred to the Culture Ministry in their entirety, 100\% allocated to the reconstruction of exact copies of the lost jewels executed by the best goldsmiths and silversmiths available in Portugal and such copies returned to the Portuguese Crown Jewels Collection.


TRADUCAO EM LINGUA PORTUGUESA (PORTUGUESE TRANSLATION)

PETICAO INTERNACIONAL PUBLICA

FURTO DAS JOIAS DA COROA PORTUGUESA

CONTEXTO

Em 2002, apуs recepзгo de um pedido, as Autoridades Portuguesas autorizaram o levantamento e envio de seis peзas pertencentes а Colecзгo das Jуias da Corфa Portuguesa, а Holanda, para efeitos de exibiзгo de carбcter regional/municipal no Museon da Haia. Para total horror e desgosto do Povo Portuguкs, orgulhoso de um passado histуrico de 863 anos de independкncia nacional (1143), as jуias foram roubadas na Holanda. Uma das peзas encontra-se declarada no site da INTERPOL no endereзo seguinte:

http://www.interpol.int/public/Data/WorkOfArt/Items/Data/1019/1019573.asp

Embora de valor incalculбvel, o conjunto de seis peзas roubadas foi avaliado para efeitos de compensaзгo a pagar pelas seguradoras, no valor total de 6,2 milhхes de Euros (7,799,703.14 Dуlares ou 4,175,674.94 Libras Britвnicas). Finalmente, e apуs 4 longos anos de negociaзхes, a verba estarб disponнvel este ano e deverб ser paga ao Estado Portuguкs atй ao final de 2006.

Entretanto, tem vindo a pъblico que o dinheiro serб pago ao Ministйrio das Finanзas e que, ao que consta nas notнcias, o Ministйrio da Cultura, responsбvel pela tutela do Patrimуnio Nacional, NГO TERБ acesso а totalidade daquela verba. A Ministra da Cultura, Isabel Pires de Lima declarou а Comunicaзгo Social (de que se fez eco o jornal O PЪBLICO a 23 de Setembro de 2006) que os fundos a receber deveriam ser utilizados somente na бrea do Patrimуnio, porque foi nesta бrea que a perda ocorreu.

Como se pode ver a partir das declaraзхes, parece ser evidente que o Governo Portuguкs nгo faz tenзхes de reparar o mal e aplicar a totalidade da verba no ъnico projecto possнvel e passнvel de raparar a ofensa feita ao orgulho e sentido patriуtico do Povo Portuguкs, isto й, usar o dinheiro para mandar executar cуpias exactas das peзas roubadas e, quando prontas, devolvк-las а Colecзгo das Jуias da Corфa Portuguesa, fazendo assim justiзa e respeitando os sentimentos de amor e orgulho dos Portugueses no seu Patrimуnio Comum.

PETIЗГO

Nуs os abaixo assinados, aqui EXIGIMOS INEQUIVOCAMENTE que o Governo Portuguкs proceda sem demora ao seguinte:

1. Suspensгo imediata da pessoa ou pessoas envolvidas no processo de autorizaзгo de saнda das jуias para fora do Territуrio Nacional e suspensгo imediata da pessoa ou pessoas responsбveis por tal autorizaзгo.
2. Inнcio imediato de investigaзхes para apuramento de responsibilidades da pessoa ou pessoas envolvidas neste vergonhoso caso, nomeadamente as responsбveis pela autorizaзгo de saнda do Paнs, das jуias, para serem exibidas em condiзхes inadequadas para o valor das mesmas.
3. Caso se achem culpadas por negligкncia, que tal pessoa ou tais pessoas sejam imediatamente despedidas com justa causa sem direito a compensaзгo e processos legais instaurados sem demora por negligкncia.
4. Logo que o Governo receba a verba, que esta seja imediatamente transferida para o Ministйrio da Cultura e 100\% dessa verba utilizado na reconstruзгo de cуpias exactas das jуias desaparecidas executadas pelos melhores joalheiros da Naзгo Portuguesa, ao fim de cuja reconstruзгo deverгo ser devolvidas а Colecзгo das Jуias da Corфa Portuguesa.

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