Ex-Portugal Premier Jose Socrates Indicted Over Money Laundering
A former Portuguese prime minister has been indicted on graft and money laundering charges as part of a vast corruption investigation.
Jose Socrates has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and has dismissed charges contained in a more than 4,000-page indictment as politically motivated.
Issued after a four-year inquiry, it accuses Mr Socrates of receiving millions of euros in a scheme involving the disgraced former heads of Espirito Santo bank and Portugal Telecom.
Both companies no longer exist, leaving billions of euros in losses to taxpayers and shareholders.
Their former managers have been accused of other crimes in separate investigations.
Mr Socrates, prime minister from 2005 to 2011, is charged with three counts of passive corruption while holding political office, 16 counts of money laundering, nine counts of forging documents and three counts of tax fraud. Those alleged offences were committed between 2006 and 2015.
Joao Araujo, a lawyer for Mr Socrates, said he would fight the charges.
He said: “The 4,000 pages are part of a spectacle, they only serve to make believe that there is something, when there is nothing.”