José Albero Varela Martins, the prosecutor attached to the Court Auditor's Office in Madeira has resigned following fiecre criticism by judge João Aveiro Pereira. The judge, who also works for the Court Auditor's Office, described the Prosecutor's decision not to prosecute the Regional Government of Madeira as 'shocking' and 'disgusting'. There are clear signs of violation of financial misdemeanours which clearly ought to be taken to trial, stated the judge. He called for civilians to take up criminal proceedings against the Regional Government on the basis of the Court Auditor's findings.
The Public Prosecutor's Office announced an investigation, whereupon the Public Prosecutor tendered his resignation.