"The opinion was transmitted to the consultant, the office of the Prime Minister. The authority responsible for deciding on disclosure is the one that requested the opinion, and the Attorney General has nothing to oppose such disclosure," said PGR, in a reply to the Lusa agency.
After controversy in the media about business between rulers and family businesses, António Costa asked, on July 30, an opinion to the Advisory Council of the Attorney General for "complete clarification" on the impediments of companies in which family members of political positions hold more than 10% of the capital.
At the time, the statement from the Prime Minister's office, which did not mention the case involving the then Secretary of State for Civil Protection, stated that "an interpretation of the rules on impediments of companies in which family members of office holders were being disseminated" politicians and senior public officials hold more than 10% of the capital, which far exceeds, in scope and consequences, what has been the standard practice over the years. "
"However, in order to fully clarify this issue, the Prime Minister has decided to request an opinion from the PGR Advisory Council, which he has done today," the statement said.
According to the same text, "as far as it has been established, there is no case law on the matter, nor until that time any dismissal or loss of office proceedings have been moved on this basis."
From the Government's perspective, "it cannot but raise doubts as to how anyone can be held ethically or legally liable for acts of entities over which he has no controlling power and which they contract with each other under the public procurement rules, without in them had the slightest intervention ".
According to the Public Prosecution Service page, the Attorney General's Office performs consultative functions through its Advisory Council, a "collegiate body formed by the Attorney General (who presides) and nine members", recruited from among prosecutors. deputy generals, judicial and prosecutor magistrates and other jurists who so request.
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