Former secretary of state and director of REN to be heard in EDP case

  • ECO News
  • 8 July 2020

According to the Public Prosecutor, Artur Trindade was one of the four elements corrupted by Antonio Mexia and Manso Neto.

The former Secretary of State for Energy, Artur Trindade, and the director of REN, Manuel Sebastião, will be the next to be heard by the Portuguese judge Carlos Alexandre and the prosecutors, in relation to the EDP case, which has already led to the suspension of António Mexia and Manso Neto, according to Correio da Manhã.

According to the Public Prosecutor, Artur Trindade was one of the four elements corrupted by António Mexia and João Manso Neto (the others will be Manuel Pinho, João Conceição and Miguel Barreto) to benefit EDP. Artur Trindade’s father was hired by EDP as a consultant for the local municipalities.

As for Manuel Sebastião, he was appointed by the former Minister of Economy, Manuel Pinho, as president of the Competition Authority in 2009, a position he held until 2013. Previously, Sebastião bought a house for 300 thousand euros from the company Pilar Jardim, of which Pinho and his wife were partners in 2004.