PJ police raid Council of Ministers HQ

Searches being carried out this morning

Portugal’s judicial police (PJ) raided the headquarters of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers this morning to carry out searches linked to a corruption investigation.

David Xavier, Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, is said to be at the centre of the police force’s suspicions for alleged crimes related to illegal public procurement, reports CNN Portugal.

The news channel adds that the secretary-general is believed to have “obtain personal benefits, via bribes, while purchasing IT systems for the State from a company in the north of Portugal”.

Adds CNN Portugal, the secretary-general is believed to have obtained these services through illegal ‘ajustes diretos’ (a term used to describe the process of negotiating the provision of services directly with entities or companies).

The operation is being led by the National Unit of Combatting Corruption (UNCC), which is carrying out searches at the headquarters as well as at the homes of the suspects.

By Michael Bruxo

michael.bruxo@portugalresident.com