Portugal's former Prime Minister Jose Socrates arrives at a Lisbon court to be questioned as part of an investigation into tax fraud, corruption and money-laundering. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Jose Socrates, Portugal's former prime minister, arrived escorted by police at a Lisbon court on Saturday (November 22) to be questioned in an investigation of suspected tax fraud, corruption and money-laundering.
Portuguese police have arrested the former Socialist prime minister and three other people, the Prosecutor General's office said on Saturday.
The arrest, the first involving a former premier in Portugal, follows detentions of other prominent people in separate inquiries in the past few months as prosecutors intensify a fight against corruption in a country notorious for its slow justice system.
The Prosecutor-General's office said in a statement that Socrates, 57, who was detained late on Friday, would be brought before a criminal judge for questioning on Saturday regarding an investigation of suspicious banking operations and money transfers.
Portugal's official news agency Lusa said police arrested Socrates at Lisbon airport as he arrived from abroad. He spent the night in a police station, according to a police official.
Socrates resigned as prime minister in the middle of his second four-year term in 2011 as an escalating debt crisis forced him to request an international bailout, which imposed painful austerity on Portugal.
His center-left Socialist party leads in opinion polls ahead of next year's general election.
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