The diagnosis arrived about two years ago, at the hands of Doctor Silvia Lutukuta, the current Minister of Health, after the former governor of the BNA sought medical help. According to the clinical results, Valter Filipe suffers from apnea. The disease has treatment, but this is not done in Angola. For this reason, the doctor advised him to carry out the treatment abroad.
"I underwent surgery in Spain and the doctors who performed it have to follow my clinical condition, which has not been possible due to this process", said Valter Filipe, to justify the fact that he left the Palace of Justice last Thursday without notifying the authorities, writes the newspaper Opaís.
The justification given by the defendant came after the judge in charge of the '500 million case' questioned him about his absence from one of the trial sessions. It was here that the defendant explained his condition and revealed that he sleeps on a machine which, in addition to monitoring the number of cardiac arrests he suffers during the night, helps him to reactivate blood circulation.
Valter Filipe also asked the judges to allow him to leave the courtroom sometime during the sessions to take his medication and breathe fresh air. As no one opposed the request, it was accepted.