If anyone was expecting fireworks when former CGD director and convicted trafficker-of-influences Armando Vara addressed the parliamentary inquiry into the parlous state of State bank CGD they will have been disappointed.
The seemingly relaxed former PS minister had a ready answer for everything, except for when it came to the question about how many times he had talked to Sócrates about CGD.
Pulling a face and pausing noticeably, the question was repeated - at which point 62-year-old Vara said “as strange as it might seem” he couldn’t remember.
This may be the end of the line for the long-running civil case taken out by the parents of Madeleine McCann to ‘silence’ their bête-noir, former PJ coordinator Gonçalo Amaral.
After all the hullaballoo and recriminations filling UK tabloids, Supreme court judge Dr Jorge Manuel Roque Nogueira has rejected the complaint lodged by Kate and Gerry McCann over what they considered a frivolous decision by fellow judges to uphold Gonçalo Amaral’s right to freedom of expression, sanctioning the intrinsic legality of his damning thesis ‘Maddie: the Truth of the Lie’.
“In a serious European Union, Mr Dijsselbloem would already have been fired”, prime minister António Costa told reporters last night as remarks by the Eurogroup president given to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung sparked a storm of indignation, and the occasional burst of satire.
The tragic case of an unborn baby who died in his mother’s womb as she waited to be attended at Guarda hospital last month has reached a conclusion. The doctor in charge did not proceed according to leges artis and is therefore seen as “responsible”.
However, the internal inquiry is recommending archival on the basis that health chiefs have no disciplinary powers over the doctor, who was working ‘part time’.
With the “white genocide” in South Africa barely reported by foreign media, Portuguese newspapers have carried the story this week of two brothers from Madeira fatally shot in the head after opening their butchers business in Pretoria on Monday.
The attack followed a raid on the shop in December, and the kidnapping for a cash ransom of a family member in January.
A third brother missed becoming a victim by being late into work, reports Correio da Manhã.
The body of a woman, aged around 50, was discovered floating in the Tejo river in Lisbon on Monday. Initial reports suggest the body showed no signs of violence. Police inquiries have failed so far to uncover any reports of people missing that might tally with the woman’s description. The body is believed to have been in the water for two days, says Correio da Manhã.
A ‘mega police operation’ mounted by the PJ’s counter-terrorism unit has finally rounded up the men responsible for the mayhem unleashed on a Sunday in February 2016 in which a father of two was fatally shot as he drove his family to a birthday party (click here).
The six men, all from the Sintra area near Lisbon, are due to appear in court on Tuesday.
Initially reported to have numbered seven, the six are all known for violent crimes, reports Correio da Manhã.