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Portuguese court orders ex-PM Sócrates to stand trial for money laundering

Judge finds insufficient evidence for more serious corruption allegations

LISBON — A Portuguese judge on Friday ordered ex-Prime Minister José Sócrates to stand trial for money laundering and falsifying documents but dropped more serious charges of…

  • Paul Ames
  • Politico

“There would seem to have been the acceptance of a material benefit for José Sócrates in his position as prime minister,” said judge Ivo Rosa.

“There are indications of a bargaining of his position.”

The decision is the latest twist in a scandal that has gripped Portugal since police nabbed Sócrates at Lisbon airport on charges of…

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