Corruption investigation planned well in advance

Considerable resources involved

Investigative team into corruption travelled aboard a military plane
The KC-390 that transported the judicial delegation to Madeira to conduct the investigation into corruption

Inspectors from the Judiciary Police (PJ) and magistrates from the Central Department of Investigation and Criminal Action (DCIAP), mobilized to carry out search efforts in Madeira as part of the horribly named ” mega investigation process” into corruption, travelled aboard a Portuguese Air Forces military transporter.

According to the Diario, the military device landed at Madeira International Airport at 9 pm Thursday night in a discreet action, but one that did not go unnoticed by those who usually follow air traffic in the region.

Investigative team travelled aboard a military plane

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A witness reported that the KC-390 plane’s stay was short. The passengers disembarked – the team of inspectors and magistrates who travelled to Madeira to carry out the search operation into corruption under the supervision of the DCIAP – and took off shortly afterwards,

The corruption investigation that took place across the country involved 2 Criminal Investigation Judges, 6 Magistrates from the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the DCIAP and 6 members of the Technical Advisory Center (NAT) of the Attorney General’s Office participated, as well as 270 criminal investigators and PJ experts.

The commitment of this means was highlighted by the PJ which, in the statement, thanked the collaboration of the Portuguese Air Force, whose support was “crucial to the assembly of the human and logistical device”.

Hire cars booked in advance

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Interestingly, the corruption investigation team did not take the usual means of transport provided by the handling company that normally serves Madeira airport, but were taken to two black buses rented by DCIAP for this purpose.

The judicial operation in Madeira involved dozens of agents in searches allegedly carried out in 50 different public and private spaces, and therefore also led to the rental of dozens of vehicles.

JM knows that the vehicles were rented at the airport and on Thursday, during the afternoon, they were already properly prepared to be used in the corruption investigation, as shown in the video sent by a reader.

 Again, showing a lot of planning well in advance, the team had booked between 30 and 50 cars, depending on which report you read, from a local dealer. I wouldn’t have thought this was easy to keep quiet?

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