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Former vice-PR will have gained from generals business

Former vice-president Manuel Vicente will have helped and also benefited from the business of generals “Kopelipa” and “Dino” with Chinese businessmen, which led them to be accused by the Public Ministry in Luanda.


According to the indictment to which Lusa had access, the company China International Fund, Limited "appropriated the 24 State buildings, built by the Guangxi company in the centrality of Zango 0, contracted the company Delta Imobiliária, which sold them to Sonangol, EP, through Sonip, Lda, under the guidance of engineer Manuel Domingos Vicente, for the global amount of 475,347,200.00 dollars".

And the company Delta Imobiliária, which ensured the sale of those buildings "is owned by engineer Manuel Domingos Vicente and defendants Manuel Hélder Vieira Dias Júnior and Leopoldino Fragoso do Nascimento, through the Aquattro Group", adds the text of the document.

The deals made by Manuel Hélder Vieira Dias, known as "Kopelipa", former security man of the late President of the Republic José Eduardo dos Santos and by Leopoldino Fragoso do Nascimento, known as "Dino", businessman and also a man trusted by the former Chief of State, with Chinese businessmen were the subject of an accusation by the Public Prosecutor's Office, because they indicate the practice by the defendants of crimes of criminal association, money laundering, embezzlement, forgery of documents, among others, harming the State in hundreds of millions of euros.

In this accusation Manuel Vicente, former vice-president is referenced several times. First of all, because business with Chinese businessmen began, with talks that began in 2004, under the aegis of Manuel Vicente, as chairman of the board of directors of the oil company Sonangol.

In the previous year, Angola had entered into a financing agreement with the People's Republic of China, from which, as of 2004, several lines of credit with EximBank, CCBB-Banco de Desenvolvimento da China and Sinosure-Agência Seguradora de Crédito to Export.

When this agreement was signed, in the Republic of China, "the Angolan State was represented by the Minister of Finance, Mr. José Pedro de Morais, accompanied by Messrs. Manuel Domingos Vicente (PCA [chairman of the board of directors] of the oil company Sonangol and former deputy -president of Angola), as guarantor of the funding, and Amadeu Maurício (Governor of the BNA [National Bank of Angola])", reads the text of the prosecution of the Public Ministry.

In parallel with that financing agreement, in 2004, there was also a second relationship between Angola and China, with the aim of attracting foreign investment to the African country, on which the State, represented by Manuel Domingos Vicente, was on one side, and, on the other hand, Chinese citizens Sam Pa and Mrs Lo Fong Hung, the indictment advances.

A relationship that began "when a business group composed of Chinese citizens, led by the aforementioned Sam Pa, approached the management of the company ESCOM, through the Ambassador of Angola in Moscow, General Roberto Leal Monteiro 'Ngongo', who arranged the first contact between ESCOM/Grupo Espírito Santo Commerce and Mr Sam Pa, who was interested in Banco Espírito Santo, in Macau, with the aim of supposedly creating a large Offshore for Africa and Latin America", says the document.

Commander Hélder Bataglia, who was then the president of Escom, established contacts, from Portugal, with the Chinese businessman and communicated not only the existence of these talks, but also the Chinese strategic plans and intentions, to Angola, which decided to send a mission to China, the Public Ministry said.

"On arrival in China, businessman Hélder Bataglia introduced Mr. Sam Pa to Engineer Manuel Domingos Vicente", the document also mentions, adding that the commission then held several meetings in Beijing, Hong Kong and Macau, with heads of oil companies, Deputy Prime Minister of China, senior security officials, Head of the Monetary Authority of Macau and various businessmen.

And it was during the aforementioned trip that the Angolan delegation had a working meeting with Sam Pa, in Hong Kong, where the entire strategy with Sonangol was outlined, as well as the construction of centers and factories of the Sam Pa Group in Angola, the business vehicle with which the Chinese would invest in Angola was even agreed, creating at that meeting the name CIF - China International Fund.

After completing the mission in the People's Republic of China, the delegation discussed the situation with the then President of the Republic, who "decided to create a new state entity, to deal with the issue related to cooperation with China", the text said.

Thus, Manuel Vicente was in charge of relations involving oil, while tasks related to National Reconstruction (GRN) and other types of investments were taken care of by Hélder Vieira Dias Júnior, 'Kopelipa'.

Within the scope of this division of tasks, the National Reconstruction Office (GRN) was also created, depending on the President of the Republic, in his capacity as Head of Government, having been appointed to its director, by Presidential Decree, "Kopelipa", function what exercised until 2010, accumulating it with that of Minister of State and head of the Military House of the President of the Republic.

Manuel Vicente and his Cabinet Director, José Pedro Benge, were also part of the National Reconstruction Cabinet, but "only in the context of monitoring according to cooperation with China, without responsibilities in the execution of projects, which were exclusive to the GRN itself ", reads the document from the Public Ministry.

The Chinese thus invest in the centralities that the Government wanted to develop, contracted by the National Reconstruction Office and paid for by Sonangol, EP, with their own funds.


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