“Hi Fernando”: Luís Filipe Vieira’s request to Fernando Medina to exempt his son from the IMI tax “Thanks, Dad! It’s already singing here!”

In Portugal, the promiscuity and corruption between football, political power and judicial power is total and very smelly.

In this case, the son of a director of a famous Portuguese football club, did not want to pay the IMI, the property tax, what a bummer, nobody likes to pay, but we all have to pay, no, that’s where I am wrong, this entitled gentleman thought he was above other Portuguese citizens, and then he sent an email to his father (leader of a famous football club), all upset about the situation, and his father in turn sent and forwarded the email to his friend, the President of the Lisbon Chamber, who is now, imagine, the Minister of Finance of Portugal!

In the end, he was actually exempted from paying the property tax. He was right, he was above other Portuguese and no one cares…

This is not about the institution of Benfica, but about those who use the institution of Benfica to their advantage, but what is extremely revealing is that the overwhelming majority of the club’s fans are not at all outraged by the illegality practiced by their Benfica boss and the fact that it tarnishes the name of Benfica and its countless fans.

On the contrary, he has carte blanche to commit whatever illegal acts he wants, for the simple reason that he is the leader of THEIR club! This is basically the same mentality the Portuguese have when they vote in national elections. The Portuguese see the parties as an extension of their football clubs, the Portuguese always vote for THEIR party, no matter how corrupt, incompetent and destructive they are to the country, democracy and their own lives.

So it is very easy to understand why Portugal is the cesspool that it is, democracy does not work with idiots and bad people.

It should be noted that this police investigation is superfluous, because in the end, as always, there will be no real convictions and everything will be archived/dismissed for the same reason as always “no wrongdoing was found”. And in some years, the Portuguese will forget, which is not difficult at all, because at this moment they have already forgotten.

Just a “small” detail. This investigation started only eight years after an anonymous tip, yes, you read that right! Hmmm! I wonder why that is?

We are talking about a country where the average monthly pension is 490.65 euros, but many people receive a change of 231.88 euros!

The following article is a translation. You can find the link to the original website at the end of it.

Tiago Vieira wanted an IMI exemption (real estate tax). He ended up getting it with the help of his father (then president of the Benfica football club), who contacted Fernando Medina (then mayor of Lisbon, now finance minister of Portugal).

In the emails seized from Fernando Medina in the Tutti Frutti operation, the Judiciary Police found suspicions of other crimes in the alleged favorable relationships with different protagonists, including the then president of Benfica, Luís Filipe Vieira. “Hi Fernando”, Vieira begins by writing in an email sent to the then Mayor of Lisbon, on March 20, 2017.

In question, a wedge (pull strings) at the highest level to “unblock” a problem in private life – the IMI exemption for a property owned by the son of the president of the red club, of which Medina is a fan.

In a report by the PJ, dated May 13, 2022, it is concluded that a “situation that could eventually constitute the practice of criminal offenses,

carried out by Luís Filipe Vieira, then President of Sport Lisboa e Benfica and the President of the Lisbon City Council, now Minister of Finance Fernando Medina.”

Andrea Marques, the prosecutor leading the investigation, then writes here that she suspects crimes of “corruption and/or abuse of powers”.

Vieira’s wedge (pull strings) was “referring to the IMI exemption of a property sold by the company ‘Realitatis’ (…) as it would be for own and permanent housing, a request that had in ‘forward’ a request from Tiago Vieira requesting unblocking the situation.” The PJ discovered that the company that owns this building on Rua de Santa Catarina, in Lisbon, has two administrators: Sara and Tiago, both Vieira’s children.

Furthermore: it is not a house, but a building with 10 apartments. Most were sold to foreigners and, according to the investigation, none of them live there.

Therefore, they would not be entitled to IMI exemption.

The investigations found at least five messages received and eight sent by Fernando Medina about this case. “It is certain that at a later time Jorge Damas (chief of staff of the mayor of Lisbon) informed Medina of the status of the aforementioned process”, reports the PJ in the process. Meanwhile, in a search for Vieira, in another context, the PJ picked up an email from Tiago Vieira thanking his father for this wedge:

“Thank you Dad, without you it wouldn’t have been possible. It’s already singing here.”

Faced with these accusations, Fernando Medina denies “any favorable treatment to any person, entity or institution”. “The insinuation to the contrary is false”, adds the former mayor.

A country where criminals and the powerful are systematically protected to the detriment of victims and its citizens is the definition of a dictatorship, which is why Portugal should leave the EU.


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