Former PM José Sócrates arrested on corruption charges

Page created: Monday, 24 November 2014 9:46 GMT

Corruption  José Sócrates   Sócrates   Tax fraud

Portugal’s former prime minister José Sócrates was arrested on Friday evening as part of an investigation into tax frauds, the country’s Attorney General (PGR) said.

Sócrates was arrested when he arrived at Lisbon airport.

Three other people were also arrested according to the PGR.

The investigation is looking into crimes of tax fraud, money laundering and corruption.

The other detainees went in front of a judge on Friday, but the former PM is only expected to go before a judge on Saturday.

The investigations are looking into banking operations, money transfers without any legally admissible and justifiable reasons, the PGR added.