On 9 April, AP reported that a judge is due to rule whether evidence gathered by public prosecutors is sufficient to put former Portuguese prime minister José Sócrates, 63, on trial for alleged corruption, money laundering and tax fraud. He is suspected of being at the centre of a web of shady corporate interests that paid for his influence to win contracts and gain business advantages in the construction, banking and telecommunications sectors. Prosecutors allege that complex international bank transfers and the purchase of property, art and other assets in the names of family and friends aimed to conceal the corruption; and large amounts of cash were also delivered after he left office. The case involves 28 defendants — including 19 people and 9 companies.
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