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Judges and prosecutors join this Wednesday for silent protest

Judges and prosecutors will gather in Luanda for a protest that could be replicated in other provinces, the president of the Association of Judges of Angola (AJA) told news agency Lusa.


According to Esmael da Silva, the magistrates will be concentrated at the seat of the district court, the Provincial Court of Luanda (Dona Ana Joaquina), for a silent protest, starting at 10:00 am this Wednesday.

The president of AJA said that the purpose of the protest was to draw attention to the current conditions of justice, stressing that the date chosen for this act was intended to mark the official opening of the judicial year, which was postponed for "technical reasons".

"The purpose of the protest is to draw attention to the conditions of justice today, which will be done on the day of the de facto opening of the judicial year, insofar as the ceremony has been postponed, but for us it matters that it is at the opening of the year court," he stressed.

According to the president of the AJA, the current conditions of justice do not allow for the normal performance of the functions of the courts.

"It is not possible to carry out justice with the current conditions of the courts, I am talking about the working and social conditions of its agents", he stressed.

Justice is going through an institutional crisis amid suspicions involving the name of the presiding judge of the Supreme Court and after the President publicly announced that on February 21 he asked the president of the Court of Auditors, Exalgina Gambôa, to be involved in several "occurrences", to resign from office, a request that had not been granted six days later.

The judge would later ask for "early retirement" on Monday, citing health reasons.

The Maka Angola website, run by journalist and activist Rafael Marques de Morais, last year asked the court to initiate proceedings against the president of the Court of Auditors (TdC) to investigate suspicious expenses, worth millions of dollars.

In the letter addressed to the Attorney General of the Republic, Helder Pitta Groz, the journalist underlined that "time is changing" and requested "due supervision" of Exalgina Gambôa's acts, revealing expenses, borne by the public purse through the Private Safe of the TdC, which would amount to approximately 4 million dollars and aimed at equipping the residence, with furniture acquired from two companies.

Exalgina Gambôa and her son were accused this Tuesday of extortion and corruption, the Attorney General's Office (PGR) said.


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