The DCIAP report began by highlighting the complexity of many of the cases and frequently required the intervention of third party experts as being among the reasons that this objective had not been met before stating “we remain aware – given the nature of the processes incorporated into this universe – BPN, Furação, Fórum Filatélico and AFINSA, among others – that that target would only be attained with great difficulty.”
As regards the investigations pending and relating to cases dating back to 2011 or before, 59 such cases still remained outstanding.
Furthermore, its backlog of cases does not look to be thinning out as the DCIAP report states that it had launched over 1,600 cases related to money laundering in 2014, with 18 banking operations suspended and involving the sums of €17,240,051 and $380,000”.
The report, spanning the last eight months of 2014 also saw 443 other investigations launched of which 181 related to child pornography cases with 42 of these shelved, 57 handed onto the courts whilst 109 remained pending awaiting analysis.
The report concluded that DCIAP clearly needed to have greater resources allocated given the large scale and the complexities of financial fraud and the other criminal activities under its jurisdiction whilst specifically mentioning the collapse of the BES bank in due justification of such a need for greater manpower.