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  • 4 December 2019 | SEF complies with arrest warrants at Lisboa airport

    ​With the cooperation of Interpol, the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has detained, yesterday, at Lisboa airport, a foreign national from Toronto, Canada, and flying to São Tomé, under who an international arrest warrant was pending.

    The man was wanted for compliance of a six months imprisonment, at the United Arab Emirates, for bank and financial fraud.

    SEF has detained, for compliance of an arrest warrant as well for aggravated breach of trust, a 57-year-old national in a flight from Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

    In view of the arrest warrant, the detainee has been brought before the Court of Aveiro where he awaits for trial.

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  • 3 December 2019 | SEF detains leaders of an international criminal network

    ​The Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has detained, today, in Lisboa, two of the main members of an international criminal organisation indicted for association in assisting unlawful immigration, assisting unlawful immigration and falsification of documents, acting in Brazil and Europe, and to which the more serious cautionary measure of provisional custody has been applied, after judicial interrogation.

    Under the operation “Alma Lusa", a criminal organisation offering forged documentation and the whole logistics for fraudulent obtaining citizenship of countries from Europe, in particular Portugal, which, in exchange of huge amounts of money (around twenty thousand Euros), they promised the fraudulent issuance of authentic Portuguese documentation to Brazilian citizens who did not comply with the conditions provided in the law, has been dismantled. This criminal scam has resulted in an exponential increase of applications for the Portuguese nationality.

    The suspects, mostly representing their “clients" as prosecutors in Portugal, were attaining within some registries in Brazil false Brazilian documentation, in particular certificates extracted from a filed birth certificate which biographical data were abusively altered, allowing to determine, within the Portuguese Civil Registration Offices, that certain individuals would gather the conditions legally provided for the original Portuguese nationality.

    The detainees, aged between 45 and 47 years old, are already acquainted to the European and Brazilian authorities by their criminal background, as they have even enjoyed from this criminal scam.

    Based on this false registry, the “clients" at issue, already with the Portuguese nationality illegally granted for false family relationship, would apply for the issue of the Portuguese citizen's card and electronic passport, ensuring every benefit of being holders of Portuguese documents. For such, this criminal network had the help of a lawyer, made a defendant, a key part of this fraudulent scam.

    The steps for the execution of search warrants have been carried out in two phases: the first one within Great Lisbon, between 07 to 12 November, and the second phase in the north of Portugal, resulting in today, in which several proof of the crimes committed have been apprehended, with a note to the high number of proceedings based on false certificates allowing the Portuguese nationality to Brazilian citizens, as well as IT equipment and other material related to the suspects with a criminal activity.

    In addition to the judges of the Public Prosecution of Lisboa and Porto, this operation has involved representatives of the Bar Association and about 50 SEF inspectors.

    The investigation continues, now, under the coordination of the Central Investigation on Investigation and Penal Action (DCIAP), joined by SEF, and with the cooperation, through institutional networks of international police cooperation, of Interpol, the Brazilian Federal Police, the Canadian, Mexican, French authorities and SIRENE National Bureau.

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  • 26 November 2019 | SEF detects false documents at Porto and Lisboa airports

    ​The Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has detained, yesterday, at Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, in Porto, a foreign national for the crime of falsification of a document and for illegally staying in Portugal.

    The man has been detected during a documentary check made on a flight to Dublin, Ireland, when he intended to travel with a false Greek identity card.

    Confronted with the facts, the passenger has declared to have one nationality which, after collection of the fingerprints and consultation of the VIS system, came to be false.

    He has been brought before the Judicial Court of the Judicial District of Maia for the first interrogation, in which his detention has been validated and his accommodation at the Airport's Waiting Area determined until the conclusion of the procedure for the expulsion from the national territory.

    In addition, at Humberto Delgado Airport, in Lisboa, SEF has detected, at the flight control to Manchester, in the United Kingdom, a citizen presenting a false passport issued by Austria, with the biodata page replaced.

    The false document has been handed over in court, together with the detainee.

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