The Army opened disciplinary proceedings against six soldiers from the Commando Regiment following the disclosure, at the end of last month, of images in which they were seen bathing in large pans in the military kitchen of the Belas barracks, in the municipality of Sintra. Among these soldiers, three are accused in two cases opened later and for “also directly or indirectly” having been allegedly “involved” in the situation, adds a statement released this Thursday.
The case became public at the end of last month when, on social networks, videos and also photographs of soldiers taking a bath inside the large pans of the military kitchen began to circulate. Only dressed in underwear, two commands were seen inside kitchen utensils filled with water. In other images, dressed soldiers were also seen inside the same equipment, next to beer bottles.
Soon after the images were known, “disciplinary proceedings were immediately instructed to three soldiers from the Commando Regiment, with notification of their guilt”, the Army said in a statement released this Thursday. At this moment, the deadline for pronouncement on the accusations charged by those involved is running.
Following these three disciplinary proceedings, “two other disciplinary proceedings were immediately opened, which are in the pre-trial phase”, based on witness inquiries and video surveillance analysis of the unit, the Army also informs.
Three military personnel are also accused in these cases, “also directly or indirectly involved in the situations that came to light”. In the statement released this Thursday, the Army “repeated, in a vehement way, its repudiation of acts of this nature”.