It has been one thing after another for TAP's CEO Christine Ourmières-Widener recently dismissed on live television by finance minister Fernando Medina. Image by António Cotrim/ Lusa

BMW of TAP’s outgoing CEO torched in Alfragide

Coincidence or design? PJ police are investigating

It could simply be an unhappy coincidence, but the torching of outgoing TAP’s outgoing CEO’s company BMW in Alfragide (Lisbon outskirts) in the early hours of yesterday morning is being investigated by PJ police, with all options open.

The company car, parked overnight by a TAP driver who presumably lived nearby, was one of three cars severely damaged if not destroyed by a fire that was started in a rubbish bin by youths seen fleeing the scene around 1.30am.

The hypothesis that the car was not in fact any kind of target seems extremely likely. According to reports, this was the first time the BMW had been seen in the street.

As it is today, the car is a total write-off. Ms Ourmières-Widener, if she still requires chauffeuring to her office (where she is expected to remain working for the next week or so), will be being transported in another vehicle.

Correio da Manhã reports that the car was so badly damaged, it was almost impossible to read the licence plate.

Nothing has been said about the condition of the other two cars.

Neighbours have described acts of vandalism like this in the area, but police sources have refuted the suggestion that these are reaching a new peak.

Says CM this morning, the first job of PJ criminal police is to try and identify the youths seen abandoning the scene in Rua das Garagens once the fire took hold.

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