The judgment of the E-mole process, which has as defendants the former legal advisor of Benfica Paulo Gonçalves and the court employees José Augusto Silva and Júlio Loureiro is known today, in the Central Criminal Court of Lisbon.
About a year and four months after the start of the trial, on September 29, 2021, former Benfica legal advisor Paulo Gonçalves and court officials José Augusto Silva and Júlio Loureiro will finally know the court’s decision, which reached be scheduled for November 4, 2022 and was successively postponed to January 9, 23 and 25.
In the final allegations made on July 13, prosecutor Luís Ribeiro argued that the three defendants should be convicted, although without defining the duration of the sentences. The MP magistrate then claimed that “the performance of Júlio Loureiro, together with José Augusto Silva, corresponded in return for Paulo Gonçalves to preferential treatment, embodied in tickets, invitations, access to the club’s parking lot and ‘merchandising’”.
“It is expected that a condemnatory decision will be handed down”, stressed the prosecutor, noting in relation to the former legal advisor of the ‘incarnates’ and the official José Augusto Silva “the high degree of illegality” and the “high demands of general prevention”. In relation to the employee Júlio Loureiro, Luís Ribeiro assumed that there had been a “more limited intervention”.
The defenses of the defendants refuted most of the crimes charged and asked for acquittal. For the lawyer of the former manager of Benfica, Tiago Rodrigues Bastos, the E-mole case is “a handful of nothing”, alluding to “forbidden evidence” and the declaration of unconstitutionality of the so-called Metadata Law, issued in April 2022 by the Constitutional Court.
Rui Pedro Pinheiro, lawyer for Júlio Loureiro, also reiterated the court official’s innocence in this process, stressing that “there is nothing of criminal relevance”. Lawyer Paulo Gomes, agent of José Augusto Silva, admitted a possible conviction, but highlighted the character of the judicial official and his integration into society.
Paulo Gonçalves, former legal advisor at Benfica’s SAD, is accused of six crimes of violation of the secrecy of justice, 21 of violation of secrecy by an employee, nine of undue access, nine of violation of the duty of secrecy, in co-authorship, in addition to one crimes of active corruption, two of undue access and two of violation of the duty of secrecy.
The judicial official Júlio Loureiro is accused of a crime of passive corruption, while the judicial official José Augusto Silva responds for one crime of passive corruption, six of violation of the secrecy of justice, 21 of violation of secrecy by official, nine of undue access, nine for violation of the duty of secrecy, 28 for illegitimate access and one for embezzlement.
The E-mole case dates back to 2018, when the MP accused the two court officials, Paulo Gonçalves and Benfica’s SAD of various crimes. However, in December of that year, the instructional decision ended up not pronouncing the ‘incarnated’ SAD for trial.
Source: Futebol 365 by www.futebol365.pt.
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