A director was suspended from work in France after a corruption investigation was opened in Portugal

A director was suspended from work in France after a corruption investigation was opened in Portugal

Altice, SFR’s parent company, has suspended a director in France. Patricia de Mello Moreira/AFP

The executive director of content, acquisitions and partnerships at SFR’s parent company has been suspended over his involvement in wiretapping by the Portuguese judicial system.

The director of Altice, suspended from work in France, as part of an internal investigation linked to the corruption scandal affecting the telecommunications group in Portugal, questions everything.Irregularities», according to a press statement sent by his lawyers to Agence France-Presse on Thursday. During a Social and Economic Committee (CSE) on Wednesday, Arthur Dreyfus, CEO of Altice France, announced the suspension of the group’s CEO of Content, Acquisitions and Partnerships, Tatiana Agova Prego, who was implicated in the eavesdropping on Portuguese justice, union sources explained to AFP.

Portuguese media reported that she was to benefit from gifts and luxury property in the Paris region from Armando Pereira, the businessman at the heart of the scandal that prompted investigators to conduct a series of searches, particularly at the Altice headquarters in Lisbon. “Tatiana Agova Prego (…) is surprised that her name is associated with an alleged financial embezzlement committed by people within the Altice Group», write Avi Biton, Nelson de Oliveira and Luis Pamela Lisot in the press release. she “He is believed to have committed no wrongdoing. She believes that she has proven her integrity throughout her exemplary career. It remains at the disposal of the court in the event that it hears it, and it should be noted that it has not been subject to any summons to the court yet.“, they add.

“witch hunting”

At the center of the investigations, Armando Pereira founded Altice with French billionaire Patrick Drahi, and was an advisor to the CEO and executive committee of Altice France for a year. He is particularly accused of creating a network of questionable suppliers, at the heart of the group’s procurement policy, through which he is said to have obtained large sums of money. Since July 13 and the revelation of an inspection at Altice’s headquarters in Portugal, this issue has affected the entire group. Several executives have been suspended, including Altice USA CEO Alexandre Fonseca, who was appointed last March and previously served as president of the Portuguese subsidiary.

Other measures may be taken in France.”In the coming days or weeks“, Arthur Dreyfus announced during the CSE conference, without, in his words, “Witch hunting“He was tried with four other people and placed under house arrest. Armando Pereira is suspected in this case of committing eleven crimes of corruption and money laundering. Through his lawyer, he refuted the suspicions surrounding him.

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