Death of businessman António Bastos – Region of Leiria

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António Bastos was 67 years old. Photo: Joaquim Dâmaso

The businessman and former administrator of the SAD of the União de Leiria António Cerejo Bastos died yesterday, at the age of 67.

The information was shared by União Desportiva de Leiria, where the Batalha-born entrepreneur played managerial roles in the club from 1997 to 2005, as vice chairman of the board.

Between 1999 and 2001 he was also a director of the late União de Leiria, Futebol, SAD, being one of the club’s representatives in this limited liability company, recalls the club, in a regret note shared on the official page of the club.

António Cerejo Bastos had been out of the country since December 2011, when he fled to Portuguese justice after being sentenced to 13 years in prison for murder.

The conviction relates to a crime that occurred in 2009, when he was alerted by an employee of a theft at his company, Madiver. The businessman, armed with a hunting rifle, went to the place where four GNR soldiers were already located, but ended up shooting the individual, as he “walked without resist ”, grabbed by the arm by a soldier.

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António Bastos, who considered himself innocent and was under house arrest, in Figueira da Foz, awaiting, with an electronic bracelet, the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice on an appeal against the conviction, ended up fleeing the country .

In 2013, Dubai was one of the places mentioned as its eventual location.

However, he was in an unknown location until February 2016, when he was detained in Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau, after presenting a “false identity document”.

During due diligence in Bissau, he faked an indisposition to leave a hospital hearing and took advantage of the time for another escape, this time to The Gambia, where he would eventually be arrested a few days later.

It would still be in this African country that the businessman was located and with which Portugal has no extradition agreement.

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