According to this Thursday’s edition of Revista Visão, the investigation into Benfica’s ‘Saco Azul’ case, by the public prosecutor’s office, should have ended on March 13 (progress with accusation or filing regarding suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering), but an order from the Attorney General of the Republic, Lucília Gago, decided to extend the investigation phase for another six months.
Also according to this publication, “Benfica tried to close the case in mid-2021, submitting a request on file, in which he was available to settle accounts with the Ministry of Finance”. “SAD recognized a tax debt of 250 thousand euros. However, to date, the prosecution has never responded to this club’s initiative.
It is recalled, in the news, that “the Public Ministry suspects that Benfica SAD and three companies linked to the provision of IT services have created a system for issuing invoices to simulate the provision of services”, and that “the money, in a second phase, would return to the possession of SAD, namely the former financial director Miguel Moreira, thus creating the so-called blue bag for undocumented expenses”. The stake is 1.9 million euros.