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Loulé court clerk remanded to house arrest

The Loulé court clerk involved in PJ arrests earlier this week (click here) has now been suspended from duties, remanded to house arrest and prohibited from contacting any of the other men involved in this latest case of suspected organised crime and corruption.

Also bound by the same conditions is the owner of a vehicle sales stand who allegedly collaborated with the clerk and is believed to have set up a complex scheme to defraud banks of up to a million euros.

Says Lusa news agency, the businessman is suspected not only of corruption, but money-laundering, criminal association, and document fraud.

Two other men cited in the case have been ordered to report regularly to their local police station, while one is prohibited from leaving his borough of residence.

The men involved are all aged between 40 and 45, adds Lusa.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com