After being interrogated by the National Anti-Corruption Unit (UNCC) of the judicial police, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Defense, João Ribeiro, was named a defendant in August, as part of the ‘Perfect Storm’ trial , but the Minister of Defense, Helena Carreiras, kept him in office. The information was released on Monday by Emphatic.
These are crimes of abuse of power and computer fraud. João Ribeiro, the newspaper writes, is suspected of manipulating the computer system to pay an advance to a company also accused of the ‘Perfect Storm’ operation.
According to Expresso, João Ribeiro was named as a defendant to be the target of investigation in a trial independent of the “Perfect Storm”.
The former Undersecretary of Defense, Marco Capitão Ferreira, you remember, was accused of corruption and resigned the same day. The same didn’t happen with João Ribeiro.
Speaking to Expresso, Helena Carreiras’ office said that “it had been informed that the Secretary General of the Ministry had become a defendant, but not of the nature of the facts that led to this circumstance.”
“No precautionary decision has been passed to prohibit the exercise of tasks, so it remains at their implementation,” the Defense Minister’s office said.