The Court of Appeal has acquitted the former PS leader João Carlos Gouveia of libel. Gouveia had said that the problem with Madeira was that Jardim was its nº1 enemy. Jardim 'uses illicit means and foments corruption with the only objective of winning elections', he said. He abhors working and spends his time traveling'.
Gouveia had been acquitted in the lower court. This judgement adds that the considerations made by João Carlos Gouveia are not without a factual basis and that there is reason to limit freedom of expression in a democratic society: 'on the contrary, such exercise is concretely suited to the scrutiny of political agents'. The judges then cite President Truman's saying, 'if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen