New anti-corruption laws to be voted on next week

New anti-corruption laws to be voted on next week

Changes to the way Portugal regulates crimes of corruption will be up for discussion in parliament next week – and politicians have been quick to confirm they will have no bearing whatsoever on the scandal that has seen former prime minister José Sócrates sent to jail in preventive custody accused on seven counts of corruption, money-laundering and tax evasion.
According to Observador website, the changes were proposed in 2013 and influenced by European think-tanks and the OECD.
The fact that they will be up for discussion now, and very possibly be voted on before the end of the year, has nothing to do with the case of Sócrates, particularly as any new laws will only become applicable from the date on which they are passed, affirmed both PSD and PS MPs.
Likely to be included in the laws is the trafficking of influences – a crime that could be taken back 15 years before being seen to have eluded prosecution – and acquittal for whistleblowers who “come clean” within 30 days of the corruption taking place.
Also likely for inclusion is a clause absolving corrupt politicians – again if they put their hands up within 30 days, and pay all the money back that they have taken.