A shady and mysterious chapter of Portugal’s history is being re-opened. A man has come forward saying he built a bomb that exploded on the plane of the former prime minister. Back in 1980, socialist leader Francisco Sa Carneiro, and six others were killed when their aircraft crashed in the suburbs of Lisbon.
Jose Esteves a former security agent who was working for the opposition centre-right party says he played a pivotal role in the alleged plot. He added that the prime minister was not the intended target. In this week’s news magazine Focus in Portugal, Esteves also claims the bomb was never meant to go off. He says it was only ever supposed to scare General Soares Carneiro, but that a last minute switch of planes meant the premier and his entourage ended up on board.
A parliamentary inquiry last year concluded that a bomb was behind the crash. But the victims’ family argue the deaths have never been properly investigated. They are now going to the European Court of Human Rights demanding Portugal be symbolically condemned for the way it handled the case.