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A translation from the DN

Renato Barros, known as the ‘Prince of Pontinha’, was arrested this morning by the GNR. He disobeyed a court order closing the premises of the fort of San Jose, located on the islet of Pontinha, which he owns.

DIÁRIO found that the GNR was limited to executing the court order, but it was faced with resistance by Renato Barros, and there were disobedience’s, which led to the arrest.

The detainee was handcuffed from the Principality and led to the territorial command of the GNR in Funchal, where he was charged with the crime of disobedience to agents of authority.

Renato Barros has already been released, has a term of identity and residence and is incommunicado at this time. The case has already been referred to the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The ‘Prince’ tells his version in a post posted on Facebook, in which he posted a video showing the moment of detention.

“The Portuguese authorities ostensibly violated public international law by illegally detaining Prince D. Renato in his Principality. And instead of being taken to a Portuguese Judge, he is illegally detained in the GNR – Republican National Guard, which has no competence to intervene, at most it would be the Maritime Police because it is an island “, he said without addressing what motivated the court order.

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This is taken from JM

The Prince of Pontinha argues that “the assets of someone who are not located in Portuguese national territory cannot be seized,” as he recently wrote on social networks, after being detained by the GNR.

The message was published on Facebook, where Renato Barros appealed to “all supporters of the cause of the Independent Pontiac Principality scattered throughout the world” protesting to governments demanding their immediate release.

The publication includes photographs and a video that illustrates the arrest, allegedly for having disregarded superior orders.

The Prince of Pontinha states that “the Portuguese authorities ostensibly violated public international law by illegally detaining Prince D. Renato in his Principality, and instead of being taken to a Portuguese Judge, he is illegally detained in the GNR – Republican National Guard, who does not have any competence to intervene, at most would be the Maritime Police because it is an island “, it is still read on his Facebook page, where he explains that” the Principality is a territory alienated by King D. Carlos de Portugal in 1903, reason why the Portuguese State does not have any sovereignty over the same (much less its Executive, Judicial or Deliberative organs) “.

In the message, he appeals to all the supporters of the cause of the Independent Pontinha State scattered around the world to bring the protest to the governments, demanding their immediate release.

The Fort of São José and the Islet of Pontinha, in the light of Public International Law, is a property and a foreign territory for Portugal, whose authorities are thus , materially incompetent in their abusive action and in breach of the most basic principles of human rights, “it reads.