Portugal's defense chief quits amid arms theft case
October 12 at 1:35 PM
LISBON, Portugal â" Portugalâs defense minister has resigned amid the legal and political fallout from last yearâs theft of weapons from the national armory.
Minister Jose Azeredo Lopes quit Friday, days after a senior member of his staff admitted he had received confidential information by hand from investigators about the case. Azeredo Lopes has publicly denied ever receiving such information.
The resignation was the latest twist in the unresolved theft amid repeated leaks, public accusations and military arrests.
The state-owned news agency Lusa published the ministerâs resignation letter, in which Azeredo Lopes said he didnât want the armed forces to become âworn downâ by the accusations.
The stolen weapons reappeared four months after the theft in a field 30 kilometers (20 miles) away and were recovered after an anonymous tip-off.< p>Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.Source: Google News Portugal | Netizen 24 Portugal