22 January 2009

Freeport Case: Police is investigating the Prime Minister's Uncle and lawyer Vieira de Almeida

By Felícia Cabrita

The home and business of Julio Carvalho Monteiro, entrepreneur and maternal uncle of José Sócrates, and the office of lawyers from Vasco Vieira de Almeida were subject to searches today, under the scope of the ‘Freeport case'.

The diligences were taken and implemented by the DCIAP (Central Department of Investigation and Penal Action) and the Judiciary Police.

At issue are the suspicions of corruption in the process that allowed the development of the construction of the shopping centre Freeport in Alcochete, the largest outlet in Europe.

The ongoing criminal investigation was opened in February 2005.

According to what Julio Carvalho Monteiro said to SOL, “the Police took various documents”, namely documents of “old offshores”. In a company owned by Carvalho Monteiro, the ISA, in Setúbal, all the financial records were seized. The investigators also referred an email that was sent to the Freeport, on the licensing of the outlet.

As well, the office of Vasco Vieira de Almeida - Freeport Plc's lawyer - was a target of searches by the investigators. Contacted by SOL, the lawyer Vasco Vieira de Almeida, refused to give statements, claiming that he does not speak about his professional life.

Source: SOL

3 comments:

  1. Mas este processo esta claro só falta coragem para avançar quem assinou a declaração que autorizou a construção foi o ministro do ambiente Sócrates. Porque assinou tratando-se de área protegida e de protecção especial? Bastava a policia judiciaria fazer um interrogatório aos intervenientes nem é preciso muita conversa nem ingleses e a verdade vinha toda.

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  2. Doa a quem doer!

    A PJ entrou em acção,
    boa coisa não pode ser,
    no decurso de uma investigação
    para a verdade transparecer.

    Doa a quem doer,
    a verdade deve ser encontrada,
    se criminosos houver,
    que sejam de forma comprovada!

    Não se devem ocultar
    acontecimentos criminosos,
    a democracia fica a ganhar
    sem cidadãos facinorosos!

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  3. Será que os envolvidos neste processo seriam tão ingénuos ao ponto de guardarem documentação auto-incriminatória em espaços de sua propriedade? Mesmo que o tivessem feito, já teriam tido oportunidade de destruir tudo.

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