1 First José Sócrates. Then Ricardo Salgado. Then Zeinal Bava. Through Proença de Carvalho, Angola, initial defender of the two largest. Now António Mexia, Manuel Pinho and others. I don't know if this is the order but the names are interconnected. They did. They related. They participated in events together. They went from here to there, and even to the government, with BES as a point of reference. Pine with Socrates; He was messing with Santana Lopes. And everyone with dementia amnesia when they visit the Assembly of the Republic.
Around these Daltons, apparently as friendly as those drawn by Morris, swarmed the overseers, other facilitators, who served the largest Portuguese conglomerate in exchange for a few more lobsters, as many bass and houses in off-shores. The names appear in the little that was known of the list of big debtors to the bank. One or another minor scammer is already in prison and serving time. It was to them that the capital that was used to do the business that the bank (s) could not promote directly, nor through its own business system, was given. Thus 'great entrepreneurs' were born, in real estate, in wines, in the financial system, in garbage, even in the media. Some to earn money, others to supposedly give good reputation to the money that would be earned. Only within this nucleus did the big business get in gear.
I remember the way in which the regime of these people fought the Sonae takeover bid on Portugal Telecom or how that same PT, from Granadeiro and Bava, advanced hundreds of millions to BES in the middle of a collapse. It was a dark time in the life of the Portuguese Republic, of the democracy that we protest to be, in which the 'golden share' supposedly defended 'the national interest' and the shareholders crossed in the various companies, participating in the various general meetings. Everything now begins to have the proper portrait because the investigation in spite of everything (the lack of means) works and because the country still has men like Judge Carlos Alexandre.
2 The violence of the process that António Mexia is now targeted by the Public Ministry is impressive. Prohibited from entering company premises. Prevented from contacting employees, present and past. And this happens when the company - EDP - is no longer even in the orbit of the State (although it appears when some names are found to which the Chinese owners attribute presence passwords in councils around the executive management ...).
Personally, I am sorry to see people with the capacity of Zeinal Bava and António Mexia wallowing in this mud. Both have a professional dimension that would allow them to triumph in the business world for their own value. But life is what it is.
And it is at these times that we must think that the bigger the State, the more chances we have to live similar situations again. Now that we are back to nationalization, as in Efacec, and to send orders, as in TAP with the majority of the capital, it is important to keep this in mind.
And when the PCP and the Bloc, plus the entire left, burst into applause for the 'people' to reign in the economy, and ask for “more, more”, remember: it was they, the left, who prevented, joining the PS, that we knew more, much more, about CGD and the bank debtors. It is human nature: the bigger the state, the greater the little shame can be.
Note Finally, the meetings at Infarmed are over. Better: they were 'interrupted'. Better late than never. Interestingly, this happened after Costa's scolding to the Minister of Health, who obviously disregarded Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in the room, theoretically at the helm. I wrote about it here last week. I hope that the PR has learned about the advantages and disadvantages of over-linking to the government.