The president of Eurojust has resigned only hours after it was announced he had been suspended for a month pending inquiries into corruption allegations.
Jose Luis Lopes da Mota had been boss of the body whose task it is to fight serious crime across Europe since 2007.
His sudden departure is connected with the inquiry into the so-called Freeport affair, the shopping and commercial centre built near Lisbon in Portugal, back in 2002.
One year ago Portuguese media ran articles on the current Prime Minister Jose Socrates, in connection with alleged bribes allowing the construction of the Freeport centre to go ahead.
Jose Socrates had been environment minister at the time.
He has continually denied any knowledge or involvement with “back handers”, but an investigation into several businessmen both in Portugal and in the UK continued.
Earlier this year, Eurojust boss, Lopes da Mota is alleged to have put pressure on the investigating judges to restrict their inquiries in the affair in the run up to Portugal’s general election in October.