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Rafael Marques questions the reasons why the president of the Supreme Court remains in office

Activist Rafael Marques said this Wednesday that the President of the Supreme Court is the “spearhead” of the destruction of the rule of law in Angola, questioning the reasons that lead the President of the Republic to keep him in office.


For Rafael Marques, the case of Joel Leonardo is "unprecedented" in the history of justice in Angola and other African countries, as the President of the Supreme Court disobeys a judicial decision by the court itself "because he does not like or does not agree with the decision".

"He is committing a crime of disobedience", he stressed, pointing out the suspicions surrounding the advisor judge that have been reported in the Angolan press and that have already led the Attorney General's Office to search the offices of Joel Leonardo who presides over the Supreme Court and the Superior Council of the Judiciary.

The journalist and director of the 'site' of complaint Maka Angola filed this Wednesday at the PGR a complaint against Joel Leonardo, pointing out issues such as the unblocking of accounts and archiving of the process of Higino Carneiro, persecution of the judge adviser Agostinho Santos and sale of goods seized in the context of the fight against corruption.

"Joel Leonardo is the spearhead of the destruction of the possibility of having a rule of law in Angola and as citizens we cannot remain silent, we cannot admit that this happens and we cannot allow the President of the Republic to remain on top of the wall in this case, it is not a question of waiting for a court decision, he told Lusa, thus justifying the reasons that led him to file the complaint against Joel Leonardo.

"If the President (João Lourenço) insists on keeping Joel Leonardo, he will have to explain what deals, what agreements, what cliques he has with Joel Leonardo because it is incomprehensible that Joel Leonardo remains in office, unless he has the President in hand and there we are facing the total lack of authority of the President of the Republic in the face of a very serious case of destruction of the judicial power in Angola", he criticized.

The suspicions involving members of the higher courts in Angola opened a crisis in justice that had one of its high points the resignation of the president of the Court of Auditors, Exalgina Gamboa (currently accused in a judicial process), after the head of the executive announced publicly in the her Facebook page that had invited her to resign.

Later, João Lourenço revealed that Exalgina Gamboa tried to extort ministers and assumed that justice was going through a troubled moment.


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