April 9th, local time, Portuguese judge Ivo Rosa announced at a public hearing of the Lisbon Criminal Court that former Portuguese Prime Minister José Socrates would be tried by the Lisbon Criminal Court only on charges of money laundering and forgery of documents.
The court withdrew the prosecutor’s office’s accusation against Socrates for lack of sufficient evidence.
All corruption and tax fraud-related charges can be prosecuted by the prosecutor’s office.
Previously, Socrates, the former Prime Minister of Portugal, was charged by the prosecutor’s office on up to 31 charges, such as corruption, tax fraud, money laundering and document forgery.
The prosecutor’s office suspected that Socrates had received bribes of up to 34 million euros between 2006 and 2015.