BPP: President of the Republic says that “it’s too late” to grant Rendeiro a pardon – Última Hora

The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, said this Monday that “it is too late” for the former president of Banco Privado Português (BPP) João Rendeiro to ask for a pardon to return to Portugal, adding that “it is not even possible to examine “.


“The pardon has to be requested by the person until July 30th — it has already passed — and then it has to have followed the process by the Court of Execution of Sentences. It goes through several opinions, […] by the position of the minister of justice and by the decision of the President [da República]”, told CNN Portugal the head of state. On the information television channel, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stressed that “at this time, in November, it is too late” for the former banker to request a presidential pardon.

“It’s not even possible to examine it, because there are so many others who are queuing up and [devemos] respect the deadline,” he said.

Former president of Banco Privado Português (BPP) João Rendeiro said that he will only return to Portugal “if he is cleared or with pardon from the President [da República]”, in an interview with CNN Portugal, which started broadcasting at 9 pm today.

In the interview that can be seen in full on that information television channel, João Rendeiro summons Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, citing the possibility of a presidential pardon, even though he admits it is “almost impossible”.

The granting of sentence pardons is an exclusive competence of the President of the Republic, who decides after a prior hearing by the Government, in accordance with the powers provided for in the Constitution of the Republic.

To CNN Portugal, the former president of BPP considered himself wronged and compared his case with that of former president of Banco Espírito Santo (BES) Ricardo Salgado, who said he was “protected by the system”.

“Since I’ve never paid anyone anything and I don’t have state secrets, I’m a mighty weakling.” Salgado “continues with his peaceful life in Lisbon”, he said in the interview that was carried out in collaboration with the newspaper such and such.

According to CNN Portugal, on its official website on the Internet, the whereabouts of João Rendeiro remains unknown, adding that the former banker was interviewed “from a distance and using technologies” chosen “to protect traces of location”.

The former president of the BPP, sentenced at the end of September to three years and six months in prison in a case for qualified fraud, is partly uncertain after having escaped justice.

The collapse of BPP, a bank dedicated to managing wealth, happened in 2010, after the BPN case and preceding other scandals in Portuguese banking.

The BPP gave rise to several legal proceedings, involving qualified fraud, falsification of documents and computer forgery, as well as proceedings related to fines imposed by banking supervisory authorities.

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