Deputy Secretary of State of the Prime Minister refuses to clarify involvement in the SIS call – Politics

The Prime Minister’s Deputy Secretary of State refused this Saturday to clarify what role he had in calling the information services to recover the computer of the former adviser to the Minister of Infrastructure.

On the sidelines of the PAN congress, which took place this Saturday in Matosinhos, in the Porto district, António Mendonça Mendes did not respond to journalists about his alleged involvement in the case of the recovery of Frederico Pinheiro’s computer, after the Minister of Infrastructure, João Galamba , having stated in the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the management of TAP that it was that official who told him to contact the information services.

“I would like to remind you that the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission (CPI) to TAP is taking place, everything that the Government had to say and of relevance in that matter has already said”, he replied when questioned by journalists.

According to António Mendonça Mendes, “what is important is that everyone does what they have to do, the CPI to the management of TAP will investigate the facts regarding the management of TAP”.

“With regard to the management of TAP, the Government is fundamentally responsible for concentrating on TAP’s restructuring plan and it is also responsible for conducting the reprivatization process that has begun. That is what the Government is focused on”, he repeated several times in the face of the insistence of journalists with the question about his involvement in that case.

In a parliamentary hearing lasting more than seven hours in the commission of inquiry into the political management of TAP, on Thursday, João Galamba also said that he had reported to the Prime Minister, António Costa, already close to 01:00 am on April 27, the events at the Ministry and told him “that he had been linked to the SIS”, a call that took place hours after a first attempt at contact in which the head of the executive did not answer.

The minister confirmed the version transmitted the day before by his chief of staff – who would have been Eugénia Correia who reported to the SIRP (Information System of the Portuguese Republic) and later contacted by the SIS -, but guaranteed that he did not transmit any instructions to call the ‘secret’.

“My call with António Mendonça Mendes ends after Eugénia Correia’s call with the SIRP”, he said.

The April 26 incidents are related to Frederico Pinheiro, a former assistant to the minister, and involve accusations against him for alleged physical violence at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the alleged theft of a laptop computer, after he had been fired, a case that is being investigated. being investigated by the Public Ministry.

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