MPs reject Armando Vara's request not to appear in Assembly of the Republic – Jornal Econômico

In the request, the former administrator of the public bank, who is arrested in Évora, invoked "the situation in which he is" and lack of access to information.

All the deputies agreed, however, on keeping Armando Vara coming to parliament on Friday.

The chairman of the parliamentary committee, Luís Leite Ramos, said that the services of the commission of inquiry had analyzed Armando Vara's request and recalled that, like Joaquim Barroca, as a defendant, the former manager could invoke the secrecy of justice, to silence.

In a statement, PSD deputy Duarte Pacheco acknowledged the lack of information invoked by Armando Vara to carry out the request but recalled that this situation also affected other former CGD administrators and stressed that what will be necessary in the hearing of the former manager will be the your memory.

"We need the memory of Dr. Armando Vara. I hope your memory is better than that of other people who have been on this committee, "he said.

Armando Vara – who has been detained since January of this year after conviction in the Face Oculta case – was appointed administrator of Caixa Geral de Depósitos 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 still one of the 28 defendants of Operation Marquis.

Of the defendants in this case, CGD's parliamentary commission of inquiry Joaquim Barroca and Diogo Gaspar Ferreira were 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.

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