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PGR says assets recovered in favor of the State are not managed by this entity

The Attorney General said this Wednesday that the assets recovered and being recovered in favor of the State "are never managed or administered" by organs of this justice entity.

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Hélder Pitta Grós was speaking on Wednesday at the opening of the International Conference on "The Public Procurement Law as a Tool to Fight Corruption".

The OPG and the courts will now benefit from 10 percent of the value of the recovered assets, in accordance with the system of co-funding attributed to the organs of justice administration for financial and non-financial assets, decreed by the President of the Republic on March 16.

According to the decree, the co-payment is divided between the OPG and the courts, when the recovered asset is declared lost to the State through a conviction and in cases where the asset is recovered by the OPG, the percentage of the co-payment is fully allocated to this body.

According to Hélder Pitta Grós, most countries, including the member states of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), attribute up to 50 percent of the recovered amounts to the recovery bodies.

In the case of Angola, he said, 10 percent of the recovered amounts are allocated by law to the Attorney General's Office, as the recovering body, which is used exclusively to strengthen its capacity and improve working conditions.

"It is important to note that the goods effectively recovered and in the process of recovery in favor of the State have never been nor are managed or administered by organs of the Attorney General's Office," stressed Hélder Pitta Grós, quoted by Angop.

The PGR pointed out that with the percentage allocated, the creation of a modernization fund is boosted, which has as a natural consequence a more effective response in relation to fighting corruption and providing other services to society.

On the fight against corruption, Hélder Pitta Grós considered that it should be based on a "culture of integrity and transparency" in society, arguing that it is necessary to teach values "such as honesty, discipline, firmness of character, and responsibility to children from an early age," which should be reinforced at school.

Considering the public contracts law an important legal instrument for the good financial and patrimonial management of the State, the magistrate underlined that its correct application propitiates the execution of works and the provision of quality services in favor of the community.

The violation of this law, he continued, can be a source of possible corruption practices and other types of economic-financial crimes.