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Portugal lifts house-arrest for ex-PM Jose Socrates

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Portugal lifts house-arrest for ex-PM Jose Socrates

Portugal lifts house-arrest for ex-PM Jose Socrates
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A court in Portugal has lifted the house arrest for the country’s former socialist prime minister Jose Socrates.

He is now allowed to leave his home, but is required to stay in Portugal unless given special permission to travel abroad.

Socrates was allowed to vote in parliamentary elections earlier this month.

He was arrested last November as part of an investigation into suspected tax fraud, corruption and money-laundering.

Prosecutors and judges have intensified a campaign against corruption in a country notorious for its slow justice system.