9 January 2009

PJ: Inspector suspended for illegal Wiretapping

An inspector of the Judiciary Police (PJ) was suspended for 18 months, the toughest penalty before the compulsory retirement, for involvement in illegal wiretapping and surveillance.

The decision was taken by the PJ's national director, Almeida Rodrigues, after a disciplinary proceeding conducted by the Department of the institution. The inspector has 15 days to appeal the decision to the Ministry of Justice or to the courts.

The case dates back to July 2008, when the PSP [Public Security Police] conducted searches to the premises of the PJ, where the Central Department for Prevention and Technological Support worked, being then discovered an illegal espionage network that did wiretapping, surveillance and which followed people illegally.

Besides the suspended inspector, in the case it is involved another PJ professional, over which still runs a disciplinary proceeding, and an agent of the PSP.

Source: Correio da Manhã

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