Macario Correia was found guilty of violating the laws surrounding spatial planning while he held the position of mayor of Tavira, however he challenged this finding and continued to act as the major of Faro municipality.
Now a final decision on the case has been made by the constitutional court of Portugal and he has been found guilty of the charges and must now stand down from his position as mayor because of the indiscretions in the past.
A statement from the PSD political party said that Macario Correia was currently formulating a statement of his “strategy” following the announcement and that he was working with his lawyer before announcing what he will be doing next.
The spokesman fro the PSD political party said that they were supporting the decision because “the PSD party respects all court decisions”.
The spokesman added that Macario Correia had been “a great president of the municipality” and that he also did a “great job in Tavira” and he emphasised the fact that Macario Correia is considered by his party to have made great headway in sorting out the finances of Faro Câmara and the debts that he inherited.
He concluded by saying: “We will now wait for Macario Correia and his lawyer to come to us and explain what their strategy is for the future.”
The municipality of Faro is now left in limbo as the political parties put together their own plans of action as to who will now run the municipality that is the capital of the Algarve.
Macario Correia was forced to resign after he was found guilty of violating planning permission laws for a series of private swimming pools in the Tavira area while he was mayor there in 2006. He initially appealed against this conviction but the constitutional court of Portugal has now rejected his appeal leaving him with only days to clear his desk and to leave his role as mayor of Faro Câmara.
Accusations of corruption from politicians have been rife in Portugal in the past decades but the police and courts have been working to rid government offices of corruption with cases such as these being used to highlight the fight against politicians bending the rules for their own gain.