The deposit of one million euros from António Mexia and João Manso Neto was canceled by the Central Court of Criminal Investigation.
O Observer advances, this Tuesday, that the investigating judge Ivo Rosa canceled the deposit of one million euros to António Mexia and João Manso Neto, in the scope of the EDP case.
“We conclude that the factual and legal assumptions that led to the application of the security measure to the defendants no longer exist”, reads the decision of the Central Court of Criminal Investigation to which the daily had access.
The deposit had been applied by the magistrate Carlos Alexandre, at a time when Ivo Rosa was exclusively with Operation Marquis. If Mexia and Manso Neto did not fulfill the obligations of other coercive measures – the suspension of the exercise of functions and the prohibition of contacting defendants and witnesses -, the bond was considered broken and its value reverted to the state.
At the beginning of the month, the suspension of duties coercion measure expired at the end of the eight-month period, as well as the ban on contacts. The defense therefore understood that there was “no reason” to maintain the security.
Ivo Rosa agreed and understood that the extinction of the enforcement measures “makes it meaningless to maintain the security when it was applied precisely to reinforce that precautionary measure”.
Defendants are now only subject to Identity and Residence Term.
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).
Liliana Malainho, ZAP //