PJ and DCIAP get “direct, immediate, unfiltered” access to suspect bank accounts

The Unit of Financial Information of the PJ (judicial police) and the Central Department of Investigation and Penal Action(DCIAP) have been awarded “direct, immediate and unfiltered” access to the Bank of Portugal’s database of bank accounts following the signing of a protocol that “permits the elimination of bureaucracy, giving more speed to primary investigations of suspicions of crimes of money laundering and the financing of terrorism”. Explain reports, the agreement will allow investigators to identify account holders, their bank balances and payments made to and from their accounts without having to request any kind of official authorisation.