Operation Red Card. Luís Filipe Vieira under house arrest until bail

For the remaining defendants (José António dos Santos, Bruno Macedo and Tiago Vieira) a bond was also imposed, despite all being free to go.

José António dos Santos, known as the ‘King of the Chickens’ will have to pay a deposit of two million euros, in 20 days, and will not be able to contact any employee or administrator of Novo Banco and will have to hand over his passport. Leave the country.

Tiago Vieira, son of Luís Filipe Vieira, will have to pay a deposit of 600,000 euros, in 20 days, cannot contact the other defendants (except for the father) and will not be able to leave Portugal, having to hand over his passport .

Beuno Macedo has a deposit of 300 thousand euros to be paid in 20 days and, like the other defendants, he will not be able to leave the country, handing over his passport.

Luís Filipe Vieira will be under house arrest until he pays the deposit of three million euros, without an electronic bracelet, and will have 20 days to pay the amount. You will also be asked to hand over your passport, due to the risk of flight, and there will be no contact with members of Benfica’s board.

held on wednesday

The businessman and president of Benfica, now suspended from office, was interrogated by judge Carlos Alexandre this Saturday, having been the last to be heard under the Red Card operation.

The action unleashed on Wednesday, which investigates deals and financing in excess of 100 million euros, resulted in another three detainees: businessman José António dos Santos, known as King of Chickens, lawyer and football businessman Bruno Macedo and Tiago Vieira, son by Luís Filipe Vieira. According to the Central Department of Investigation and Criminal Action (DCIAP), what is at issue are facts that could constitute “crimes of breach of trust, qualified fraud, forgery, tax fraud and money laundering”.

In addition to swindling Novo Banco, Luís Filipe Vieira is indicted for having diverted 2.5 million euros from Benfica to his personal universe with the help of his son, Tiago Vieira, to whom most of the companies passed. At the heart of the scheme is football manager Bruno Macedo, to whom the Public Prosecutor’s Office attributes the creation of a carousel of companies, inside and outside the country, through which Benfica assets were hidden and later used to benefit the then president of the club. .

For this investigation, approximately 45 search warrants were carried out for companies, residences, law firms and a banking institution in Lisbon, Torres Vedras and Braga. One of the places where searches took place was the SAD of Benfica, which, in a statement, said that it was not constituted as a defendant.