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The Minister of Justice, Francisca Van Dunem

The Minister of Justice, Francisca van Dunem, suggested, the last time she was in Parliament, that Ana Carla Almeida, the favorite of a group of European experts, changed her curriculum.

“We can send all the documentation, even the one that demonstrates that there are letters of motivation with curriculum data that represent a change regarding the moment when the Superior Council for the Public Prosecution was heard ”, said Francisca van Dunem, in an apparent reference to Ana Carla Almeida.

According to the weekly Express, between the publication of the results of the Superior Council for the Public Prosecution (CSMP), in early 2019, which ranked attorney José Guerra in first place, and the submission of applications to be evaluated by the independent international panel, in March of the same year, Ana Carla Almeida was appointed coordinator of an anti-fraud group with European funds, created at DCIAP.

“I am the national coordinator of investigations into the European Union’s financial interests”, read the biographical note written in English.

So, there is, in fact, a difference between Ana Carla Almeida’s CV sent to the CSMP and the biographical note sent to the Council.

In the same newspaper, the Minister of Justice said that “no” was referring to any particular candidate. However, only Ana Carla Almeida fits the definition of the minister.

The magistrate explained that, after the national selection, she delivered a “free translation into English of the motivation letter and a brief biographical note” that summarized the curriculum and that, therefore, “The documents in question are thus not the same”. However, they “correspond in their substance, objectively, to the functions exactly performed” by you “in each of the moments in question, as it also resulted from the biographical synthesis made in the public statements, on March 22, 2019, in the Committee of the European Affairs of the HR ”.

Van Dunem has been under fire due to a letter, sent by the Portuguese Government to the European Council, which reveals that the Executive gave false information to justify the choice of the European attorney José Guerra, instead of Ana Carla Almeida.

In the letter, José Guerra is presented as Deputy Attorney General, the highest category in the Public Ministry – something that is not true. The error is repeated six times throughout the document.

In addition, the letter alleges that the prosecutor directed the 9th section of DIAP, identified as the largest national department for combating economic and financial crime. However, in fact, it is the DCIAP, where José Guerra never worked, which investigates the most complex cases of this type of crime.

The third false information concerns a investigative leadership position and accusatory in the UGT case. However, the case was investigated by three other prosecutors and José Guerra just attended the trial as a magistrate.

The Minister of Justice and the Prime Minister acknowledged the lapses, but assured that they were irrelevant to the decision of the EU Council. The minister considered that she is able to remain in office, despite the errors.

Attorney Ana Carla Almeida filed a lawsuit at the European Union (EU) Court of Justice to try to annul José Guerra’s appointment as European prosecutor. The aim is to annul the decision of the EU Council and compel the 22 countries participating in the European Public Prosecutor’s Office to appoint a new Portuguese prosecutor. For the magistrate, the failure to follow the opinion of an independent panel calls into question the independence of the new anti-fraud body with European money.

Maria Campos Maria Campos, ZAP //

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