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Portugal and Angola satisfied with judicial cooperation in fighting corruption

Angola and Portugal this Monday gave a positive note to the collaboration of the Portuguese justice system with the Angolan authorities in the fight against corruption, stressing that Luanda's requests have been met.


The statements were made by the Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, and by the President, João Lourenço, in Luanda, at a press conference where they were asked about Portugal's effective contribution to the fight against corruption and the recovery of assets that has been carried out by the Angolan justice system.

"I have felt a great desire on the part of the Portuguese justice system to collaborate, there has been an exchange of information and alignment with Angola's strategy in the fight against corruption and, in principle, everything that has been requested from the Portuguese judicial authorities we have found the proper correspondence", replied the head of state.

António Costa reiterated the good collaboration and that the Portuguese authorities have tried to respond to all requests.

"The assessment made by Angola is the most relevant", underlined the Portuguese prime minister.

The Angolan justice system has resorted on several occasions to the collaboration of the Portuguese authorities, and those of other countries, due to judicial proceedings that are being processed in Angola and internationally, the most public being those aimed at Isabel dos Santos, daughter of the former President, José Eduardo dos Santos.

Several shareholdings in companies and bank accounts of the Angolan businesswoman were frozen or seized, in Angola, Portugal and in other jurisdictions where she is the subject of legal proceedings.

The Angolan state has already recovered 6 billion dollars and seized another 21 billion dollars as part of the confiscation of assets, around half of which outside the country.


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