A Lisbon judge on Friday sent former Portuguese prime minister Jose Socrates for trial on charges of money-laundering and forgery but said the statute of limitations had expired on more than a dozen allegations of corruption against him.
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Judge Ivo Rosa ruled that 1. Socrates argued that the socartes and other assets, such as works of art and the use of an upscale Paris apartment, were loans from his longtime friend. The judge said that because payments were in cash and that in phone conversations the two men used codewords when talking about money suggested corrupt acts. The judge also dismissed other allegations of corruption against Socrates either because of a lack of evidence or the statute of limitations. Socrates was jailed following his arrest and held in prison for nine months before being placed under house arrest and then freed on bail.
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