Portugal has been swept up in the “golden visa” crisis that has already engulfed Cyprus.
Both countries are accused of turning the other way when issuing passports to wealthy foreign investors with questionable backgrounds.
In connection with the Guardian in the UK, Portuguese newspaper, Expresso, revealed that several executives caught up in the Brazilian “car wash” corruption scandal have bought access to Europe through property purchases in the country.
Otávio Azevedo, former president of the construction company Andrade Gutierrez, bought a 1.4 million euro property in Lisbon and before applying for a golden visa in 2014 . He received an 18-year sentence in Brazil last year after admitting to a string of corruption offences.