Probes involve ‘suspected corruption in granting of visas’
Portugal’s consulate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was searched today by Brazilian and Portuguese authorities as part of an investigation into suspected corruption in the granting of visas.
According to judicial sources, probes “are investigating the illicit scheduling of vacancies for the practice of consular acts, as well as the crimes of corruption, concussion, embezzlement and falsification of documents committed by employees of the Consulate General of Portugal in Rio de Janeiro, in collusion with applicants for visas and Portuguese nationality.”
Said a statement issued by Brazilian Federal Police (PF), a joint operation with Portuguese authorities was carried out this morning in Brazil to fulfil five ‘search and seizure’ warrants in the municipalities of Rio de Janeiro and Saquarema.
Around 30 Brazilian and Portuguese agents, as well as members of Portugal’s office of public prosecutions, carried out “the warrants issued by Brazil’s Federal Court, which responded to requests for search and seizure warrants made by Portuguese authorities,” the statement adds.
Photographs shared on the PF’s official page show agents from the Federal Police and Portugal’s Judicial Police (PJ) inside the consulate.
In response to Lusa, the PF said there were “so far” no further updates on the balance of Operation Agendródomo, as this investigation has been dubbed.