Luxembourg wildfire suspect denies accusations
(CS) A Luxembourg resident has denied any connection with the Portugal wildfires, after a man in Portugal accused him of arson over the weekend.
Portuguese media had reported that a young man named Fernando M had been arrested by police and had confessed to starting several fires around the Caramulo region, together with a 28-year-old accomplice named Patrick L.
Patrick lives in Luxembourg and was accused of starting the fire out of revenge for a ticket he was issued by Portuguese police for driving without a valid licence.
According to Portuguese media reports, the Luxembourg resident could face charges of arson, the formation of a criminal association and manslaughter. Three firefighters have died trying to battle the blaze that rages in the Serra do Caramulo.
Wort.lu/pt has ascertained that Patrick has returned from holiday in Portugal. Through his father, however, he has denied the accusations, saying that he did not set the fires and never received a ticket by police.
The family also refused speculation that Patrick was on the run, saying that he is in the Grand Duchy, waiting to be contacted by Luxembourg authorities, while also looking for a lawyer.
Luxembourg police, meanwhile, could not confirm on Monday that an international arrest warrant had been issued against the man, as reported in Portugal over the weekend.
A group on Facebook, labelling Patrick as an arsonist and murderer, gathered nearly 14,000 likes within less than 24 hours.