Magistrate considers major corruption trial in Portugal
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese magistrate is deciding whether there is enough evidence to put a former prime minister and two dozen other once-powerful figures on trial for corruption, money laundering and other crimes.
Magistrate Ivo Rosa on Monday began hearing legal arguments from the public prosecutor and defense attorneys in one of the biggest cases in recent times in Portugal.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's governing Socialist Party is in disarray over how to react to corruption investigations against some of its former senior members, including a former prime minister.
New allegations that former Energy Minister Manuel Pinho took money from a company while in office, coming after accusations that ex-PM Jose Socrates pocketed 34 million euros ($40 million dollars), have caused discomfort and squabbling in the center-left party, which runs a minority government.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's attorney general on Friday granted investigators another extension to conclude their 2 1/2-year investigation into a former prime minister who is suspected of corruption, money laundering and tax fraud.
The attorney general's office said prosecutors now have at least until the end of April to decide whether to formally charge Jose Socrates or drop their case against him. The deadline for a decision had been Friday, after twice being extended.