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Police arrested Benfiqa’s chief on suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering

The police have arrested the president of the Benfica football club in Lisbon, Luis Felipe Vieira, who are investigating him on suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering. Portuguese television station RTP reported this. The Public Prosecutor’s Office announced, without naming him, that a sports official and three other people had been arrested for deals worth more than 100 million euros (more than 2.5 billion kroner), which could have caused great damage to the state and many companies.

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According to the Public Prosecution Office, the crimes have been committed since 2014, and all detainees should be tried on Thursday.

Portuguese television said that among those held was Vieira’s business partner Jose Antonio dos Santos, who is Benfica’s largest individual shareholder. Hundreds of police officers also raided apartments, law firms, corporate headquarters and banks in Lisbon today.

According to the media, the investigation relates to loans granted by Novo Banco to Vieira, as well as the sale of Benfika shares.

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