Former minister will begin to serve five years jail time

Former minister will begin to serve five years jail time

Rui Manuel Ferreira / Global Imagens

Court Judge of Aveiro issued an order in which she gave Armando Vara three days to present himself at the prison in Évora.

Armando Vara is due to enter, on Wednesday, into the Évora Prison in order to serve a five-year prison sentence, after the judge of the Aveiro Court, where the Face Oculta case was filed, issued an arrest warrant. Judge Marta de Carvalho gave the former Socialist minister three days to present himself voluntarily at the Évora Prison, otherwise an arrest warrant would be issued. Armando Vara has showed himself available to begin his sentence.

The former socialist minister was sentenced in 2014, in the Tribunal of Aveiro, for three crimes of influence peddling. The group that judged the case found that the former vice president of Millenium BCP committed the crimes of influence traffic for allegedly receiving about 25 thousand euros in 2009 (plus other gifts worth over seven thousand euros between 2004 and 2008) to exercise influence in favor of the junkyard owner Manuel Godinho.

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