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Billion euro intrigue between PT and Oi target of surgical police swoops

Critically-timed PJ police swoops descended on Caixa BI, the investment bank of State-controlled Caixa Geral de Depósitos, this (Thursday) morning, as well as Haitong (formerly BES International) in Lisbon.

The target, explains Expresso, was any and all paperwork related to the catastrophic business deal between PT and Brazilian telecommunications business Oi.

PT entered into business with Oi in 2010, after selling its share capital in Vivo to Spanish group Telefónica.
It was a disastrous move, confused by delays orchestrated by the then prime minister José Sócrates in using “golden shares” in PT to block the sale of Vivo while there was no other alternative to take up in Brazil, adds the paper.

The intrigue has since been the subject of all kinds of joint investigations which last week saw searches “at various point in the country”, “particularly in diverse companies of the PT group, at homes of former PT directors and in a lawyers’ office”.

DCIAP investigators are probing “eventual links between financial circles under investigation and PT and Espírito Santo groups”.

In what threatens to develop into a summer of discontent for all involved, Expresso adds that for the time being no new names have received “arguido status” (cited as an official suspects).

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