The data were released this Tuesday to Lusa by Eduarda Rodrigues, director of the National Asset Recovery Service (Senra), on the sidelines of a conference on the confiscation of assets as a tool to combat economic and organized crime.
However, this value represents less than 20 percent of the value of the assets to be recovered, since, according to the same official, everything indicates that, between 2001 and 2017, around 150 thousand million dollars.
Of this amount, more than 5 billion dollars were actually recovered and have already entered Angolan coffers.
But there are more than 21 billion dollars in seized assets, both in Angola and outside the country, which are still awaiting court decisions.
"It is still very little compared to what we have ahead of us, it is a big fight", underlined the director of Senra, also highlighting the cooperation with other countries.
"We have several cases: Portugal, even for reasons of proximity, but also Bermuda, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland", she said, guaranteeing that there were never refusals of collaboration.
The official assured that the entity has "obtained positive results in any of these countries", noting that even in Dubai – often pointed out as a destination of exile for people linked to the previous regime and now in the sights of justice – there have been results.
"We have already achieved some financial flow obtained there and we have been working in other areas of international cooperation", said Eduarda Rodrigues, who stressed, in the introduction to the conference, that international cooperation has been essential to achieve the objectives of recovering assets.
The European Union ambassador to Angola, Jeannette Seppen, highlighted that organized crime "is not a phenomenon of the past", as cases continue to be observed, especially in the economic area, linked to corruption, embezzlement and money laundering practices, phenomena that do not only occur in Angola, but "have transactional occurrences, which poses redoubled challenges".
Among the specialists who participated in the conference, organized by the Attorney General's Office (PGR) and the United Nations Organization on Drugs and Crime (ONUDC) in Angola, were public prosecutors and technicians from the Financial Information Unit and the Institute of Asset Management and State Participation (IGAPE), among others.
Among the topics covered by the initiative were the approach to international instruments for the confiscation of assets, identification of the proceeds of crime through financial intelligence, mechanisms and obstacles to the confiscation of assets, as well as good practices in the management of confiscated assets.
The initiative is part of the Pro.React project – Project to Support the Strengthening of the National Asset Confiscation System in Angola, funded by the European Union (EU), and which aims to develop an effective system to combat financial flows illicit activities and contribute to greater economic growth and poverty reduction in Angola.