The PSD requested, this Thursday, copies of the records and audio recordings of the Public Security Police on the incidents at the Ministry of Infrastructure on April 26 and the Judiciary Police for elements related to the computer of former deputy Frederico Pinheiro.
In the request, addressed to the chairman of the parliamentary inquiry commission (CPI) for the political supervision of the management of TAP, the social democrats state that, on the night of April 26, 2023, the PSP was called to intervene in the Ministry of Infrastructure ( MI) twice.
“The first, with the alleged objective of safely escorting the employee Frederico Pinheiro to the exit, who was carried from a computer; the second, to allegedly safeguard the physical integrity of the chief of staff and her collaborators following alleged contempt with Frederico Pinheiro”, they point out.
“Considering the contradictory versions of what happened”, the PSD Parliamentary Group requests from the PSP a copy of the (participation) records of the events that took place on the night of April 26 that led the PSP to the premises of the Ministry of Infrastructure and a copy of the audio recordings telephone calls requesting police intervention.
The PSD delivered two more requests within the scope of the commission of inquiry, one of them related to “emails hidden by the Ministry of Infrastructure”.
Thus, the Social Democrats ask João Galamba’s ministry for “all emails, since 2020 inclusive, exchanged between TAP and any element of the Ministry of Infrastructure”, namely Pedro Nuno Santos, João Galamba, Hugo Mendes, Maria Araújo, Eugénia Cabaço , Frederico Pinheiro and the ministry’s office.
The Social Democrats also ask Parpública, in another request, for “binding instructions or letters from the Government, addressed to Parpública and requested by this entity, regarding TAP, namely regarding the repurchase of share capital, in 2017, 2020 nationalization and privatization of 2015”.
To the Judiciary Police, the PSD requests the sending of a “copy of the record of the mentioned occurrence” and the “description of the procedures adopted for the preservation of evidence, namely for the preservation of the computer that will have been delivered by the SIS to the PJ”.
On Wednesday, the CPI to TAP approved the IL’s proposal for the “immediate hearing” of Minister João Galamba, having also decided to hear the exonerated deputy, Frederico Pinheiro, and the chief of staff of the head of Infrastructures.
The BE’s request for “documents and/or files classified by the National Security Office, as well as other documents/files related to TAP, stored on the service computer of the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Frederico Pinheiro”, was also unanimously approved” .
When she presented this request, the blockade deputy Mariana Mortágua explained that “without dramas” the objective is just one: “to see if there is information on that computer that could be useful to this commission of inquiry”.
The case involved allegations against Frederico Pinheiro for physical violence at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the theft of a laptop computer, after being fired, and the controversy increased when the intervention of the Information and Security Service (SIS) in the recovery of that computer was reported.
On Tuesday night, the Prime Minister, António Costa, refused the resignation of the Minister of Infrastructure, João Galamba, which had been addressed to him half an hour earlier, with the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, issuing the same night an official note in which he expressed his disagreement with the decision of the head of government.