Porto cancer hospital boss arrested on corruption charges

in Regional · 31-05-2019 01:00:00 · 1 Comments
Porto cancer hospital boss arrested on corruption charges

Two local councillors from Santo Tirso and Barcelos and a businesswoman have also been arrested as part of the case.

Those arrested were named by Lusa News Agency as being Joaquim Couto, the president of the Santo Tirso Câmara, his wife and businesswoman Manuela Couto, the president of the Barcelo Câmara Miguel Costa Gomes and the president of the Institute of Portuguese Oncology (IPO) for Porto, Laranja Pontes.


According to a statement from the Portuguese criminal investigation police (PJ) the arrests were relating to “public hiring deals”.

The case concerns the “repeated practice of subverting public hiring tenders to favour certain individuals and companies and provide financial gain”.


Police searched a number of private homes, public entities and companies relating to the crimes of violating public contracting procedures. Searches were completed in the Porto, Santo Tirso, Barcelos and Matosinhos areas and involved dozens of officers specialising in IT, finance and accounting.


In total four people have so far been arrested during the operation named “Teia” by the police, following an investigation that went on for two years.



Comments:

About time the government clamp down on corruption within the public sector.

by Antonio from Other on 07-06-2019 08:46:00
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