Praia Da Iluzion - (Goddawful Mess): Portimao prosecutors have issued a statement saying Tony Blair has schmoozed them with offers of UN gravy-train judiciary sinecures, front-row seats for the Beijing Olympics, cut-price first-class Virgin Airlines tickets and personally signed first edition copies of Harry Potter.
"We have been inundated beyond our wildest dreams or professional expectations," a Portuguese PR source said today.
"And it's all so rational, so utterly common sense it virtually defies refusal on logical or legal grounds alone.
"Of course we became a tad suspicious when the small print revealed we also had to sit through the entire Spice Girls concert world tour and be photographed alongside Cherie," the source added.
Blair has been seen 'using his influence' as a world-class master of cash-for-honors peddling and has triumphantly brandished a get-out-of-jail-free litigation gobbledygook card, according to the Portuguese press.
"He even offered to get that Lord Hutton to help Portimao prosecutors interpret new EU guidelines on spin-mastery," the Algarve Evening Observer said in an editorial.
Further developments are expected in the week.