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Lawyer appointed by judge in Lussati case resigns due to bad relationship with defendants

The lawyer appointed by the judge in the Lussati case to defend some of the 48 defendants withdrew from the defense because he was unable to reach an understanding with his constituents.


The trial has been marked by several conflicts between the panel of judges, chaired by Andrade da Silva, and defenders of the defendants, which culminated in late July with several lawyers leaving the room in protest, and the court ordered that new representatives be appointed. for 15 of the defendants.

Sessions resumed two weeks after this incident, again in a tense atmosphere, with the exchange of arguments between lawyers and judges increasing in tone, police called to court and the appointment of an unofficial lawyer, a measure that the Angolan Bar Association (OAA) considered it a "flagrant violation" of the defendants' constitutional guarantees.

According to an application that was filed in court this Thursday, to which Lusa had access, trainee lawyer João Mbuia has now presented to the judge his refusal to sponsorship, invoking incompatibility with the 11 defendants he was supposed to represent.

"From the 9th of August in which he was appointed as an official defender of the same until the present day [30th of August], there is no good relationship [acceptance] of them", indicates the document.

The Lussati case, in which 49 defendants are listed, has as its visible face Major Pedro Lussati, assigned to the Military House of the Presidency of the Republic, considered the head of the group, detained in possession of millions of dollars, euros and kwanzas stored in suitcases, crates and in several vehicles.

The defendants, including officers of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) and civilians, are indicted for crimes of embezzlement, criminal association, undue receipt of advantage, economic participation in business, abuse of power, fraud in the transport or transfer of currency to the abroad, illicit introduction of foreign currency into the country, illegal currency trade, prohibition of cash payments, retention of currency, forgery of documents, money laundering and assumption of false identity.

The hearings for this trial, which take place at the Talatona Convention Center, in Luanda, continue this Friday with the hearing of Manuel Correia, commander of a demining unit in Cuando Cubango.


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