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SIC arrested Catumbela administrator on suspicion of corruption

The Catumbela administrator, Julião de Almeida, was arrested this Tuesday on suspicion of committing the crimes of embezzlement and corruption. The also 1st secretary of MPLA in the municipality has already been removed from the position of administrator by Rui Falcão, governor of Benguela province, who issued an order granting his resignation.

: Tarcisio Vilela/Angop
Tarcisio Vilela/Angop  

The arrest warrant is known to have been issued by the Attorney General's Office (PGR) and executed by the Criminal Investigation Service (SIC). However, according to the newspaper Opaís, nothing else is known about the arrest, since the case is in legal secrecy.

On the day he was arrested, Rui Falcão, governor of Benguela, issued an order exonerating Julião de Almeida from his duties as administrator. The order also indicated the name of his successor: Fernando Belo, who until now held the position of deputy administrator of Cubal.

Although the resignation was decreed on the day Julião de Almeida was arrested, government sources, cited by the same newspaper, reject the hypothesis that the arrest motivated the resignation.

The suspect is in one of the SIC cells while waiting to be questioned.

Julião de Almeida is the second administrator in Benguela who has problems with justice. The first was Carlos Guardado, who is on remand.

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