Former Benfica president offers shares, property for bail

  • Lusa
  • 23 July 2021

Luís Filipe Vieira delivered a request to provide bail of €3 million, based on Benfica shares and a property.

The defence of the former president of Benfica, Luís Filipe Vieira, delivered a request to provide bail of €3 million, based on Benfica shares and a property, a judicial source told Lusa on Friday.

According to the same source, the property is valued at between €1 and €1.2 million. The shares will be evaluated first by the Public Prosecutor and then by judge Carlos Alexandre since the price of these securities is variable.

The request was delivered late on Thursday, and until this morning, there was still no response on its validity, despite the urgency of the process, because it is a measure of deprivation of liberty.

The measure of coercion decreed on July 10 by the judge of the Central Court of Criminal Investigation (TCIC), as part of operation red card, imposed house arrest on Luís Filipe Vieira until the provision of bail of €3 million, stipulating a period of 20 days.

The judge also ordered that Vieira be prohibited from leaving the country and from having contact with the other defendants in the case: businessman José António dos Santos and lawyer and agent Bruno Macedo, except for the former president’s son, Tiago Vieira, another of the four detainees.

At stake, according to the Public Ministry, are “business and financing in a total amount exceeding €100 million, which may have brought high losses to the state and some of the companies”, occurred “from 2014 and until the present”, susceptible to configure “crimes of abuse of trust, qualified embezzlement, forgery, tax fraud and money laundering.”