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Public prosecutors paralyze services denying it is a strike

Public Ministry magistrates paralyzed services this Friday to demand improved working conditions and remuneration, denying that it was a strike, the president of the National Union of Public Ministry Magistrates (SNMMP) told Lusa.

: Lusa

Adelino Fançoni said that there are 643 public prosecutors and, of these, around a fifth are not affiliated with the union, "so they are free to join the strike or not".

The union leader stated that "the majority of magistrates are paralyzed".

According to the president of the SNMMP, this is not yet a strike, but just a stoppage of services.

"We can reach this stage if the entities do not give in. Our complaint is legitimate", he assured.

A source from the Association of Judges of Angola confirmed to Lusa that the hearings are being rescheduled for after the 8th of this month due to the strike.

This Friday, speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the 2024 judicial year, which took place in Luanda, the Attorney General of the Republic, Hélder Pitta Grós, reinforced that magistrates cannot go on strike.

"I still don't have information about how the services of the Attorney General's Office are going, but one thing is certain, they cannot go on strike", he declared, stressing that "magistrates are not above the law".

"If they prevaricate, we will have to act accordingly", he highlighted, indicating that the issue will have to be analyzed by the Superior Council of the Public Ministry, the body that deals with the discipline of magistrates.

The PGR also added that "the situation that Public Prosecutor's Office magistrates are experiencing is the same as that which judicial magistrates are experiencing".

The Association of Judges of Angola (AJA) expressed solidarity and support for the suspension of services by Public Prosecutor's Office magistrates, which began this Friday until the 8th.

In a note of support for the National Union of Public Prosecutor's Magistrates (SNMMP), AJA called on the competent bodies to meet the "legitimate demands of Public Prosecutor's Office magistrates, in ways that give real value and importance to this fundamental body for the judicial system Angolan".


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