The Attorney General’s Office (PGR) confirmed the initiation of a process of investigations into the conduct of the prosecutor who accompanied the latest searches for Manuel Pinho, after a letter sent by the former minister denouncing intimidation and attempts at humiliation.
Former Economy Minister Manuel Pinho complained, in a letter sent to the PGR, of intimidation and attempted humiliation in the searches at the beginning of the month at the residence in Braga where he is under house arrest in the scope of the EDP case.
According to the letter, the former ruler referred that the operation led by the Public Ministry (MP) had approximately thirty elements, “among which several armed agents, whose intention could be no other than that of intimidation🇧🇷
Manuel Pinho also criticized the apprehensions made in that diligence at the house in Gondizalves, since the warrant would indicate the apprehension of “valuable goods” and among the objects apprehended are bottles of current wine, a ‘flippers’ machine, drawings made by the ex-minister’s brother-in-law and photographs.
“This ridiculous apprehension can only be explained by the attempt to humiliate me to retaliate against a recent decision by the Court of Appeal that calls into question the thesis defended by the prosecutors and the judge and the visible desire to display an abusive and arbitrary power”, he accused.
Pinho was alluding to the October judgment in which the seizure of the defendant’s pension was revoked, with the MP reacting with a request for preventive and full seizure of the pension.
In addition to pointing Power abuse to the MP, Manuel Pinho also reported an alleged situation of homophobiaby alleging that the prosecutor who led the searches made “homophobic considerations” about the judge who was previously with the case.
In the message sent to Lucília Gago, the former governor demanded, therefore, “disciplinary and criminal measures” in the face of this complaint.
Copies of the letter also followed for the European Court of Human Rights, the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Agency for Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality.
The EDP case
The EDP case is related to the Contractual Equilibrium Maintenance Costs (CMEC) in which the former managers António Mexia and Manso Neto are suspected of corruption and economic participation in business for the maintenance of the excessive rents contract, in which, according to the MP, have corrupted former Minister of Economy Manuel Pinho and former Secretary of State for Energy Artur Trindade.
Manuel Pinho was accused in the summer of 2017, on suspicion of corruption and money laundering, in a case related to money from the Espírito Santo Group.