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Constitutional Court rejects request of unconstitutionality of businessman Carlos São Vicente

The Constitutional Court (TC) denied the request for unconstitutionality submitted by businessman Carlos São Vicente, sentenced to nine years in jail for embezzlement, money laundering and tax fraud, who has been imprisoned since September 2020.

: Ampe Rogério/Lusa
Ampe Rogério/Lusa  

In judgment no. 825/2023 consulted by Lusa, the plenary of judges who analyzed the extraordinary appeal of unconstitutionality filed by the former boss of the insurance company AAA, dismissed the request as they considered that the principles, rights and constitutional guarantees alleged by Carlos San Vicente.

In their assessment, which runs over 30 pages, the judges complain that the businessman does not contribute to speedy justice in his procedural conduct, opting "for a long-winded style (...) extensive, repetitive and redundant" and "a copious argument" in their approaches.

Among the arguments presented are impediments to lawyers, short period of time granted to examine the case, lack of questioning of witnesses, introduction of new facts not included in the accusation, error in assessing the evidence, use of apocryphal writings as evidence, omission of pronouncement referring to liquidation of assets and compensation, etc.

The nine judges refute, one by one, all the points invoked in the appeal.

The Portuguese-Angolan businessman Carlos São Vicente was sentenced in March last year to nine years in prison and the payment of compensation of 500 million dollars.

Carlos São Vicente, husband of Irene Neto, daughter of the first President of Angola, has been in custody since September 2020.

The businessman, who for almost two decades had a monopoly on insurance and reinsurance for the Angolan state oil company Sonangol, through the AAA group, is said to have set up a triangular scheme, with companies in Angola, London and Bermuda, which generated losses of millions of dollars for the Angolan treasure.


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