PJ carries out searches across the country on suspicion of corruption linked to Madeira

The Judicial Police (PJ) is carrying out around 100 searches in Madeira, the Azores and various regions of the continent on suspicion of crimes of corruption, economic participation in business, among others, a source linked to the process told Lusa.

The same source indicated that the searches in Madeira are taking place “in several areas of the Government of Madeira and companies”, with the Funchal City Council having already confirmed the PJ’s searches.

Among the crimes that form the basis of this investigation led by the Central Department of Investigation and Criminal Action of the Public Ministry are suspicions of corruption, economic participation in business, malfeasance, abuse of power, among others.

The same source added that the searches taking place in various regions of the continent are essentially in companies.

Asked whether there are already detainees in this operation, the same source indicated that “not yet”.

In a statement released this morning, Funchal City Council confirmed the searches, without providing further details.

“The Funchal City Council informs that a group of inspectors from the Judiciary Police entered the premises of the Paços do Concelho building this morning, to carry out searches”, reads the statement released by the municipality (PSD/CDS-PP) .

In the document, the municipality, chaired by social democrat Pedro Calado, adds that “it is collaborating in the ongoing investigation and providing all requested information, in a spirit of good cooperation”.

From Diário Notícias