"Angola needs support in the training of judicial magistrates and it is in this sense that we will soon have a meeting in São Tomé and Príncipe, which will then be replicated in Luanda in November, and there we will have the opportunity to implement the protocol that establishes the lines of action and cooperation between the two countries," said António Piçarra at the end of a meeting with his Angolan counterpart, which took place on Monday in Lisbon.
"The aim [of the meeting] was to present greetings at the beginning of the mandate of the president of the Supreme Court of Angola, who came to Portugal on a courtesy visit, and try to deepen the good relationship that exists between the two countries and in the future try to create a protocol that establishes and better regulates the experiences between the two countries in order to strengthen this relationship more and more," said the portuguese magistrate after receiving Joel Leonardo, who left without speaking to the journalists.
Asked whether the investigations into angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos, under the auspices of the case known as 'Luanda Leaks', were part of the conversation, António Piçarra replied negatively and recalled that "this situation is under investigation by the Public Prosecutor's Office and therefore the presidents of the supreme courts have no jurisdiction in this matter".
About the protocol, the president of the Portuguese Supreme Court said that talks will continue later this week, during the visit of Joel Leonardo, and then again in Sao Tome and Principe, at the annual meeting of these magistrates.
"Portugal maintains privileged relations with the Portuguese-speaking African countries and, within that relationship, we have meetings that are established, and this year's meeting is scheduled to take place in São Tomé, in May," he said.
According to António Piçarra, the meeting will be used "to structure and deepen the relationship between all the Portuguese speaking African countries".
"As in that meeting I will be again with the president of the Supreme Court of Angola, there we will talk about the protocol, and then in November, in a big meeting in Luanda, I hope that the protocol with the general lines of cooperation will be materialized", concluded the responsible.
The president of the Supreme Court of Angola is visiting Portugal and has scheduled a meeting with the Minister of Justice this Tuesday morning and in the afternoon a working meeting with his Portuguese counterpart in the Superior Council of Magistracy.
On Wednesday she will visit the Centre for Judicial Studies and the Institute of Financial Management and Justice Equipment, where the presentation of the "Citus" program will take place.
The following day, before returning to Luanda, Joel Leonardo will visit the Justice Campus, where he will have a meeting with the Judge-President of the District of Lisbon, according to the agenda distributed to journalists.