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Next to a ‘new expose’ in the tabloid Correio da Manhã Monday, the authorities this morning invested seven apartments allegedly belonging to the former Minister of Economy Manuel Pinho*, who remains under house arrest as part of the long EDP/CMEC investigation.

Today the searches are related to the investigation – led by the DCIAP (Central Directorate for Investigation and Criminal Action) of the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

In a brief statement, the ministry said “these evidence collection stepsunder the supervision of the public prosecutor, were carried out by the multidisciplinary team of the DCIAP, the SIATID (section research, analysis and processing of digital information), composed of elements of various criminal police entities”.

The news outlet SIC is the medium that identifies ownership of the apartments to Manuel Pinho* who only recently lost a habeas corpus petition after five months under house arrest.

Manuel Pinho was an “official suspect” in this investigation since summer 2017. It was a shock (to him and his lawyer) that he was finally “arrested” in 2021, held in protective custody and “released” on such gargantuan bail that he had no choice but to choose the house arrest. with electronic monitoring.

Throughout these months and before Mr. Pinho proclaimed his innocence. He is suspected of corruption and money laundering in a matter involving money Grupo Espirito Santo.

The same case also cites former EDP leader António Mexia and Manso Neto for “active bribery” and economic participation in business, and various other former “movers and shakers”, including the former head of BES/GES Ricardo Salgado.

Two days ago, Correio da Manhã published a “new” expose suggesting that Manuel Pinho and his wife Alexandra are suspected of having “makes approximately 2 million euros disappear from Portugalbetween 2011 and October 2021.

“Much of the money will have been sent to bank accounts in Brazil, Switzerland, Germany and Spain, where the couple lived until the arrest of the former minister last December,” the newspaper said. . suspicion of asset dissipation is one of the latest developments in this case “which has been going on for so many years that most people have forgotten what it is about.

*This has since been updated to read: ‘belonging to the wife and sister of the former economy minister‘.

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