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PGR assumes priority in the fight against economic-financial crime

The Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) elected this Tuesday as a priority the fight against economic-financial crime, having been opened since last year 1522 criminal cases involving mainly crimes of embezzlement, active and passive corruption and money laundering.

: Lusa
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"The results of this work are trials and convictions all over the country and that are in the public domain," in a perspective that "crime cannot compensate under any circumstances and therefore cannot be a source of acquisition of property," said Hélder Pitta Grós, at the opening of the judicial year in Luanda.

The OPG said that economic-financial crime has priority treatment given "the collective awareness of its harmful effects on society, both by the need to frustrate the expectations of achieving impunity by its agents.

"We are now aware that economic-financial criminality works as a source of incalculable evils, feeding other criminal activities and corroding the pillars of society, and therefore deserves our utmost attention," he stressed.

In this scope, "a sharp work" has been done in the investigation of assets and promoted the loss of illicitly acquired goods and the consequent recovery of these assets for the State, he stressed.

Since the creation of the National Service for Assets Recovery (Senra) about 5.3 billion dollars have been recovered, of which 2.7 billion in cash and the rest in housing, factories, shares in companies and others.

Hélder Pitta Grós said that this type of crime is "a manifestation of highly organized and sophisticated crime, in that they use the most modern techniques and technologies" and the services of extremely qualified people, pointing out the lack of software and technologies directed to this type of crime.

The attorney general also said that access to justice is an essential need for a harmonized society, but pointed to the lack of human resources as an obstacle.

In 2020, the Attorney General's Office operated with 565 public prosecutors throughout the country, a ratio of 1.8 per 100,000 inhabitants, "which falls short of the recommendations of international organizations," which point to an ideal of seven prosecutors for every 6,000 inhabitants, the PGR said, adding that the number of administrative staff and justice technicians is also insufficient.

Without wanting to turn the Prosecutor's Office into a "wall of lamentations", Hélder Pitta Grós said that the institution has affirmed its mission and reaffirmed its commitment to productivity and to fighting crime.

The OPG also indicated challenges for the times ahead, in particular the lack of decent accommodation together with the criminal police bodies.

"The OPG should not work in the police force premises for obvious reasons," since it is a supervisory and preparatory instruction body, and "should not have its action limited to the provision of space for its operation," noted Pitta Grós, calling for the construction or acquisition of physical structures that can accommodate these services.