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Former Portugal PM Jose Socrates freed from house arrest

A Portuguese court has lifted the house arrest that it had imposed on the country's former s ocialist prime minister Jose Socrates.

The 58-year-old is now free to leave his house but must still remain in Portugal unless given special authorisation, the state prosecutor and Socrates's lawyers said.

Socrates met with his legal representatives until the early hours of Saturday and "is now a free man, who can talk whenever he likes", his lawyer Joao Araujo said.

Socrates, who was in power from 2005 to 2011, just before Portugal was given a 78 billion euro bailout, has spent 10 months under arrest while police and prosecutors investigate him for suspected corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud.


From Belfast Telegraph