In a press release, the Ministry of the Interior says that it has carefully monitored the internal conflicts that occur within the church, based on accusations against its leaders in Angola, for acts that could be considered criminal offenses under the current criminal law. , thus giving rise to the opening of a criminal case that runs its terms in the Criminal Investigation Service (SIC).
After the complaint in November 2019, the note emphasizes that in recent days there have been new events in the temples of the IURD, which consisted of taking control of the facilities, “using force, death threats, bodily harm and the use of firearms”.
According to the statement, these acts constitute a crime in the legal system, as the SIC authorities have instituted a new criminal proceeding to assess the objective imputation of the criminal responsibility of their perpetrators”.
While the respective criminal proceeding is underway, the note points out, the authorities of the Ministry of the Interior call on the parties in conflict not to carry out acts that constitute an infraction in terms of the current legislation, as well as to respect the legal procedures of the processes that are ongoing in the instances. judicial measures, under penalty of other measures provided for by law.
Angolan and Brazilian bishops and pastors in the direction of the IURD have their backs turned since November 2019, when the group of more than 300 national pastors subscribed to a manifesto, in which they denounce the Brazilian management of committing several crimes, namely tax evasion, money laundering , racist and other practices that undermine the cultural habits of Angola, such as forcing pastors to have a vasectomy.
After the opening of criminal cases, announced by the Attorney General of the Republic of Angola, in December last year, the situation experienced new developments on the 22nd of this month, when Angolan pastors took over the direction of the church of their Brazilian brothers , for continuing to verify the same practices that they have been denouncing.
In a right of reply, the Brazilian leadership rejects the information that the IURD is being led by an Angolan wing or a Brazilian wing, stressing that it is “a world institution, run by the spirit of God and with the board of directors constituted rightfully".
"What we have seen are criminal acts, bordering on terrorism, in addition to the inertia of some competent authorities", considers the Brazilian wing.