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Neurological Examination of Ricardo Salgado Scheduled Amid EDP Case Proceedings in Portugal

By Sheras Fernandes
Neurological Examination of Ricardo Salgado Scheduled Amid EDP Case Proceedings in Portugal
Neurological Examination of Ricardo Salgado Scheduled Amid EDP Case Proceedings

The former president of Banco Espírito Santo (BES), Ricardo Salgado, is scheduled for a neurological examination on September 28. This decision comes from the National Institute of Legal Medicine (INML) and is in line with a court order related to the EDP case. The examination has been requested in light of Salgado’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, which has been a point of contention in several legal proceedings.

Salgado’s defense team had previously requested a neurological examination. However, it was only authorized by the civil court of Cascais in March but had not been implemented yet. Last week, Judge Ana Paula Rosa of the Central Criminal Court of Lisbon finally consented to the defense lawyers’ request and approved the examination under the EDP Case.

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Court Order and its Implications

The court order issued on September 12 emphasizes the urgency and relevance of the examination for the ongoing case. Therefore, the INML has been instructed to conduct the examination promptly. Despite the defense’s plea to postpone the trial until after the neurological examination, the court dismissed this request. The court argued that the examination was not absolutely necessary before the onset of the trial. Consequently, the trial has been scheduled for October 3.

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The EDP Case and the Accused

In the EDP case, Ricardo Salgado stands accused of one count of active corruption for an illicit act, another count of active corruption, and a charge of money laundering. Also indicted in this case is the former Minister of Economy, Manuel Pinho. He faces charges of passive corruption for an illicit act, another count of passive corruption, a crime of money laundering, and tax fraud. Additionally, his wife, Alexandra Pinho, has been indicted for one count of money laundering and another of tax fraud. Salgado’s defense has refrained from commenting on these developments.

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