European rights group rebukes Portugal over corruption fight

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Europe’s foremost human rights organization says Portugal’s efforts to fight corruption are “globally unsatisfactory.”

A report published Friday by the Council of Europe, which counts 47 countries among its members, says Portugal’s compliance with recommended anti-corruption measures covering lawmakers, judges and prosecutors is “very low.”

The report comes after a wave of high-level corruption cases being heard by courts or under investigation has weakened public trust in institutions.

The cases involve a former prime minister and lawmakers in his government, the former head of the country’s largest private bank, which went bankrupt, and the former head of Portugal Telecom, among others.

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The Council of Europe says Portugal has so far implemented satisfactorily just one of 15 recommendations presented in a report published in 2016.

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