Manuel Pinho has been under house arrest for over a year following his failure to meet a €6 million bail surety

Former economy minister complains to European Court of Human Rights

Former economy minister Manuel Pinho is complaining to the European Court of Human Rights due to being only given 50 days to request the opening of a pre-trial hearing in the accusation against him in the case known as EDP. In a statement sent to Lusa, his defence team stresses that “prosecutors have been investigating for 11 years, they took a year and a day to lodge a 750-page accusation with 80 appendices and dozens of witness statements, and then they don’t want to give more than a few weeks for the defence to have time to prepare with the minimum of seriousness”. The lawyers rail that prosecutors are seeking to implement “a gagging regime (…) This creates a situation that would not happen in any European country, so we are lodging a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights”.