Dozens “want to send Christmas presents” to jailed José Sócrates

Dozens “want to send Christmas presents” to jailed José Sócrates

He may be behind bars, but former PM José Sócrates will not be without Christmas gifts this year. According to lawyer José Araújo, dozens of “anonymous citizens” have been in touch with his office, saying they want to send Sócrates presents as he faces a Christmas in jail.
But the outspoken legal defender told Público he will not be the one taking them to Évora jail, as he does not want to become “an intermediary of anonymous offers”.
This is just the latest story coming in this bizarre episode in Portugal’s legal history.
Sócrates remains in preventive custody without any charges having been brought against him. It’s a situation almost everyone in the country believes can only mean one thing: he will soon be released
Indeed, Araújo told Público this week that he does not believe his client will be in jail for very much longer.
Meantime, the former Socialist leader has been visited by tens of political bigwigs but is understood to have told his family to stay away.
Público writes that he wants to spare his ex wife and sons the “image of seeing him in prison”.
While Sócrates’ co-defendant and long-time friend Carlos Santos Silva also remains behind bars, his former chauffeur João Perna – detained in the high-profile police swoop on all three men in November – is understood to be on his way home for Christmas, fitted with an electronic bracelet.
Portugal’s media continues to discuss the minutiae of the case known as Operation Marquês which many believe could compromise any future trial.