Corruption investigation: update

Operation Zarco undermines work on the new hospital

Corruption investigation focuses on the hospital

Recent updates from the Diario on a police corruption operation that has finally been given a name; “Operation Zarco” did turn up in some Google search returns last week without explanation and then mysteriously disappeared – presumably the police did not want to sensationalise what must have been a very complex operation. It is more and more difficult to believe, given the number of different organisations involved that “Zarco” was kept quiet in advance of somebody pushing the final button – 140 inspectors and 10 scientific police specialists from the continent to Madeira and also had the collaboration of 24 PJ inspectors from their Funchal base.

  • Operation Zarco undermines the work on the new hospital: The Diario reports that the Public Prosecutor’s Office suspects that the tender for awarding the largest public contract in the Region was arranged. At stake are two contracts worth 94 million, with corruption specifically being mentioned for the first time. 
  • Albuquerque will not use immunity: The former President once again made it clear that he will lose his parliamentary immunity when he ceases to be president of the Regional Government and that, therefore, from that moment on he is “available” to respond in any corruption process in which is investigated. “I have no problem with that and I’m not going to run anywhere,” he told the press.
  • Albuquerque successor no nearer: The President formally resigns on Monday, with immediate effect and his PSD party should be presenting a new Government, but with no names yet as any candidates must be clear from any corruption charges. The Diario observes that elections on March 10th define the party’s survival. Yesterday’s PSD-M Regional Council was marked by calls for mobilization, but also some criticism of the party leadership and attacks on their CDS coalition partner
  • More evidence delivered to Lisbon interrogation: Boxes of evidence arrive at the Central Criminal Investigation Court in Lisbon. More than a week after the arrests, the MP continues to delay the delivery of all indicative elements to the court. Custódio Correia will be heard again today.
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Corruption investigation: update 3

A new, vastly improved “search” facility has been introduced allowing readers to search (box in the sidebar above) on any word or phrase used in any of the posts over the last sixteen years. Previously the search facility only returned matches on headings rather than the entire content. It remains to be seen whether this will slow the blog down – fingers crossed! If it works it should move the blog even further ahead of the increasing number of imitators, providing a huge resource for visitors and residents.

8 thoughts on “Corruption investigation: update”

  1. It is a shame that they put the same effort raiding the Sintra council also ? I under why maybe because belongs to the PS party in charge . Says everything about the supposed justice that in this case is complete blind or decide to ignore complete what is happening in Sintra that is public domain all the corruption that been happening for years . 🤔🤔

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    • Off topic I know but part of a post from you yesterday. “I know very well what I’m talking my advice to you go live 11 years in Scotland and then you will be changing your tone”. As it happens I was born and have lived all my live in Scotland. Think before you post.

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  2. Before anyone starts to claim the highground here I see in today’s Guardian that 36 UK local authorities are or have been under investigation for similar corruption mostly with construction contracts, dodgy back handers and stealing public funds! The entire political class seems to think they are above the law and sadly it is clear many go into politics not to help their constituents or the nation but to enrich themselves and their friends and families.

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  3. I’m sure you’re right about the UK, but what gets to me is the sheer incompetence of them. Here in the W Midlands many reasonable and small towns are empty after four o’clock, with vandalized and boarded up shops. In Kidderminster the council have purchased and demolished the large Woolworths and Littlewoods to build a children’s park and playground in the centre whilst they’ve turned a prime retail site into a small car park because no one could be found that could see a profit in it. I don’t condone what is alleged to be happening in Madeira but there is a bustle and activity that I haven’t seen in the UK for years.

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