When Constança Urbano de Sousa confronted Vara with the loan from the Lena group to buy Abrantina, the former minister replied: "There was some care that the administrators of Caixa did not start to argue with each other in front of the directions. That would give an idea of division in the Cashier. I do not remember anyone raising a problem. "
"I assume all responsibilities," at that point and now, he added. The former administrator of CGD also said that "at the time, credits were our daily bread".
Armando Vara – who has been detained since January of this year after conviction in the Face Oculta case – was appointed CGD administrator in 2006 for the team presided over by Carlos Santos Ferreira, both of whom later moved to BCP in 2008.
The former Deputy Minister and Youth and Sports of the second government of António Guterres is one of the 28 defendants of Operation Marquis.
Of the defendants in this case, CGD's parliamentary inquiry committee Joaquim Barroca (formerly the Lena group administrator) and Diogo Gaspar Ferreira (former administrator of Vale do Lobo) have already been heard.
On May 29 it was announced that former Prime Minister Jose Socrates, also accused in Operation Marquis, will respond in writing to the questions of the deputies of the commission.
In Operation Marquês, Ricardo Salgado, Carlos Santos Silva, Henrique Granadeiro, Zeinal Bava, Bárbara Vara (daughter of Armando Vara), Helder Bataglia, Rui Mano de Ferro and Gonçalo Ferreira, companies of the Lena group (Lena SGPS, LEC SGPS and LEC SA) and Vale do Lobo Luxury Tourist Resort.