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Portugal journalists risk trial over reporting restrictions

The Lisbon public prosecutor's office wants 13 reporters and editors from three Portuguese media organizations to stand trial on charges of flouting reporting restrictions around a police investigation into a former prime minister.

The prosecutor's office said in a statement Thursday it has evidence indicating the journalists published confidential details from the investigation into Jose Socrates. The former Socialist leader was arrested in 2014 on suspicion of corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud in an ongoing case that has drawn huge public interest.

In Portugal, a judicial secrecy law forbids publication of information about open investigations.

Under Portuguese law, a magistrate will review the public prosecutor's evidence and decide if a trial should be held. The suspects, who were not identified, can argue against a trial.