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Another Olhão Council employee arrested for corruption

olhaoA third Olhão council employee has been detained on suspicion of passive corruption by receiving money from property owners for incorrectly licensing building project specialities, such as water and sanitation systems.

The Public Prosecutor's Office announced that a 'senior technician in the private works section of Olhão council' has been arrested, and a lawyer and a British citizen, involved in the licensing of a swimming pool, have been registered as official suspects.

In a statement, the Faro District Attorney added that there are "suspicions that the detained person, a public official, had requested money from individuals for technical opinions contrary to the law but favorable to the licensing of works." TVi states that the going rate was €1,000 per project.

As part of the investigation, the police carried out searches at the 65-year-old defendant's home and at offices in the council building.

The council employee, Eng. António Reis, was up before the Faro judge and now is suspended from work and may not enter council property, pending trial.

Authorities are investigating around a dozen suspicious situations, in which this municipal employee also was involved.

This is the second time in the last two years that there have been arrests at Olhão council.

In April 2016, two building inspectors from the council were arrested and accused of a specimen charge of demanding €4,000 from a property owner in return for ‘looking the other way’ over irregularities.

The two employees had demanded money from a local property owner or else he would be fined for unlicensed work.

Later searches uncovered €33,000 in cash at the home of one of the council employees who failed to provide a credible reason why so much cash was at her property.

“Using their professional status, they would receive money from third-parties to carry out acts that went against their duties,” read the police statement at the time.

One of the defendants was sentenced to three years in prison and the other to three years and one month in prison, both sentences were suspended.

Olhão’s mayor, António Pina, failed to sack the two women despite their convictions, thus condoning their behaviour, despite having gone on record, stating that “it is important to fight corruption in public services.”

When the sentences were issued, the Public Ministry stated that it was considering appealing the judge's decision as sentences of over three years can not be suspended and the pair should have gone to jail.


0 #3 Denby 2018-01-14 13:32
Thought you might be on the next flight out of here, with all of these terrible things happening to you.
But this is not the case, you "think Portugal is a great place to invest".
-1 #2 Kalashnikov 2018-01-10 19:03
Yes, and this us what us going on in portugal, still right now, the council employees, drive all around villages and towns terrorising anyone who dares buy property in portugal, in search of backhanders for turning a blind eye, they know if they start a legal process against you, you can kiss goodbye to minimum 7000 euro of u savings, plus years and piles of never ending threatening letters from many diff organisations and your life will beca misery fir many years as they try every trick to ruin you, in order to steal u moneyand u property. This is socialism in portugal at work. Cultural marxism and socialism always leads to the death of citizens.
Do Still think portugal is great place to invest?
+1 #1 TT 2018-01-10 18:25
So "Olhão’s mayor, António Pina, failed to sack the two women despite their convictions, thus condoning their behaviour, despite having gone on record, stating that “it is important to fight corruption in public services.”".
Perhaps the police should be searching his office and home for signs he's on commission - given his statement can there be any other explanation?