The Central Court of Criminal Instruction (TCIC) denies that the instructional decision of Operation Marquis is scheduled for February 19, as was reported last weekend.
A source linked to the process said, last Saturday, that the instructional decision of Operation Marquis was scheduled for February 19. However, in statements to Renascença radio, the Central Criminal Instruction Court reported that “the reading of the decision not yet scheduled and that the Judge has ceased exclusivity ”.
Some sources linked to the case explained to the radio that Judge Ivo Rosa, who has been directing the case since January 2019, wanted to “get the matter over with” this February, however, the date has not yet been set.
Regarding the cessation of exclusivity, the radio added that the magistrate is already working on other cases that were pending and points out that this release usually only occurs at the same time as the final decision is read.
The law provides that the instructional decision should be read ten days after the end of the instructional debate, but, given the complexity of the process, Judge Ivo Rosa clarified that this would be “Humanly impossible”.
The magistrate highlighted the enormous volume and complexity of the process: 146 volumes, 56,238 sheets, to which are added 4,895 sheets delivered in the instruction phase, which had more than 39 hours of allegations.
In a process with 28 defendants (19 private individuals and nine companies), in which ex-Prime Minister José Sócrates stands out, 11 interrogations of defendants and 44 witnesses were carried out during the instruction phase, which adds up to 133 hours.
In addition to the analysis of the evidence, the court was asked 73 legal questions, including procedural nullities, questions about unconstitutionality and the legal-penal framework, in addition to the eight legal opinions, in a total of 1074 sheets.
The prosecution of the Public Prosecution Service, prepared by seven prosecutors, consists of 11 volumes [5036 folhas], 14,084 segments of facts and 189 crimes, of which 31 criminal offenses attributed to Socrates.
The former prime minister, who has already been in pre-trial detention, is accused of 31 crimes passive corruption of political office holder, money laundering, document forgery and qualified tax fraud. Zeinal Bava, Carlos Santos Silva, Ricardo Salgado, Armando Vara are other defendants.