The court had already asked Minfin and the BNA to submit the documents linked to the "500 million" case. However, this never happened and for this reason, the magistrate decided to order a period of five days for the documents to be presented.
João Pitra ordered the court clerk to issue a "confidential letter". If the documents are not presented, legal action will be taken, writes the newspaper Opaís.
The decision of the judge-president of the Common Crimes Chamber of the Supreme Court comes after the defence of the former governor of the BNA, Valter Filipe, asked the Ministry of Finance to request a copy of the e-mail sent to the law firm Norton Rose, based in London, requesting the annulment of the contract entered into between the BNA and the Mais Financial Service consortium. The e-mail was sent by the then Minister of Finance, Archer Mangueira, who, according to the same newspaper, did not inform Valter Filipe. For this reason, the money transfer was eventually not made.
The thesis was confirmed by Archer Mangueira himself, who during the trial was heard as declarant. The former Minister of Finance said he had asked for the contract to be annulled, under the guidance of João Lourenço, who wanted to recover the money.
After the request, the lawyers of the English office filed a lawsuit against the consortium before the High Civil and Administrative Court of London, and the 500 million dollars were recovered.
Judge João Pitra will ask the London Superior Civil and Administrative Court for a photocopy of the lawsuit brought by the law firm against the consortium, which will have determined the return of the money.