Christmas family reunion foils eight years on the run

Christmas family reunion foils eight years on the run

He had evaded Portuguese justice for eight years, but the Christmas spirit and desire to be with his family was the undoing of João “Mentiras” – the Montalegre restaurant owner who allegedly shot another man to death over a “futile argument” in 2006.
Police who never forgot the crime had “strong suspicions” that João was in touch with family members recently. Their patience paid off as the country dug in for Christmas.
“Mentiras”, 66 was found at his old home in Chaves the day before Christmas Eve. He is now in a police cell waiting to be presented before a magistrate.
According to news reports, PJ police think “Mentiras” has spent the last eight years hiding out in France.
They are unsure whether he has visited Portugal at any other time during the last eight years, but they have three witness statements of the shooting on record, so it is unlikely that anyone ‘new’ will need to be called to secure a conviction.
When the PJ raided Mentiras’ home this week, they are understood to have found a large greenhouse filled with cannabis plants and a quantity of guns.