The Lisbon Court of Appeal considered it “useless” to rule on the appeals filed by António Mexia and Manso Neto regarding the enforcement measures applied under the CMEC / EDP process.
In July, the investigating judge Carlos Alexandre applied coercion measures to António Mexia and João Manso Neto: the suspension of duties and the provision of a security deposit of one million euros for each one.
At the time, the defense lawyers – João Medeiros, Rui Costa Pereira and Inês Almeida Costa – sent to the Lisbon Court of Appeal a resource alleging the illegality of coercion measures. The decision was delayed and, in the meantime, Judge Ivo Rosa decided to end these measures.
It turns out that, although former leaders of EDP and EDP Renováveis are no longer subject to them, the defense considered it pertinent for the Court of Appeal to rule on the legality of the decisions taken by Carlos Alexandre.
The decision by Judge Rapporteur Conceição Gonçalves was made known this Wednesday. ECO had access to the dispatch, which reads that “it would be a purely historical assessment of extinct events”, because it wouldn’t change anything concrete.
“The decision on the merits that the appellants are seeking at this moment in this Court would not alter their coercive status in any way, nor would it grant or withdraw any rights to them. It would, for all theoretical and practical purposes, a useless decision“, Explain.
According to the morning man, the decision further argues that this uselessness occurs because the coercion measures imposed on the defendants had been declared extinct because they had exceeded their maximum time allowed by law.
It turns out that, when they fell, the first coercion measures (ban on contacts, ban on absence abroad and ban on entry to EDP facilities) had already been maximum deadline exceeded that the law imposes in order to be aware of the use of coercive measures.
António Mexia and Manso Neto are suspected of the crimes of active corruption and economic participation in business.
EDP’s so-called excessive rents process has been around for eight years under investigation at the Central Department of Investigation and Penal Action (DCIAP) and has as defendants, among others, former minister Manuel Pinho, REN administrator and former Pinho consultant, João Faria Conceição.
The investigation investigates practices of corruption and economic participation in business in the procedures related to the introduction in the national electric sector of the Costs for Maintaining Contractual Balance (CMEC).