Days after being released from jail, former Portugal PM endorses Socialist candidate

Four days after his release from jail on bail, former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates has endorsed Socialist Party candidate Antonio Costa to lead the country following an Oct. 4 general election.

Socrates gave his backing to Costa in a statement published Tuesday in the Jornal de Noticias newspaper.

Socrates was Portugal's center-left Socialist premier from 2005 to 2011.

A Portuguese judge last Friday released him to house detention from jail, where he spent over nine months on suspicion of corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud.

Socrates earlier refused a deal to allow him house detention with an ankle bracelet monitoring device. He was released without a requirement to wear one.

Costa is campaigning against the incumbent center-right government led by Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho.