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Former BNA governor's attorney accuses MP of "just wanting convictions"

The defence lawyer for the former governor of the National Bank of Angola (BNA) accused the Public Prosecutor's Office (MP) this Tuesday of only being facing convictions and said that the guidelines that the former president gave to his constituent did not constitute a crime.

: Angop

Speaking to journalists, Valter Filipe's defender, Sergio Raimundo said that the MP "is facing only one direction, which is to condemn people".

"Justice is not only done with convictions, it is also done with acquittals" when "there is nothing that can sustain the imputation of criminal responsibility to people", he said.

Sérgio Raimundo said that the MP is in a "bewilderment" in view of the answers given by the former president, José Eduardo dos Santos, to the questions posed by the defence of Valter Filipe, read this Tuesday in the Supreme Court, in Luanda.

According to the lawyer, José Eduardo dos Santos' answers confirm that the alleged irregular transfer of 500 million dollars, which is at stake in the trial, was after all an operation whose purpose would not be to benefit those involved, but rather to mobilize funding to help the country emerge from the economic and financial crisis in which it finds itself

"My constituent only acted on behalf of the state's representation under the mandate of the then executive power", Sérgio Raimundo pointed.

Sérgio Raimundo also said that the President of the Republic, according to the Constitution, is not criminally responsible for acts committed in the exercise of his functions, so if José Eduardo dos Santos' decision did not have merit, this should not be qualified as a criminal offence.

"It is a demerit that people think it had, but from the perspective of other people it had merit, which was to try to get funding to try to save Angola from the situation it is in," he added.

In the same logic, "whoever executed [Valter Filipe], fulfilled a legal and hierarchical duty that was due and cannot be held responsible for it".

Asked about the public prosecutor's doubts about the letter sent by the former president, which forced the court to interrupt the session, Sérgio Raimundo considered that if the document is falsified, José Eduardo dos Santos is in a position to deny it.

"I don't see anyone on this planet with the capacity to falsify a document with statements as forceful as this. He [the former president] is not dead yet, he is alive, and if someone is falsifying that answer, he will be able at any moment to come out and say that the statements are not his," he said.


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