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Activist “Ta Nice Neutro” starts trial on October 6

The Angolan activist Gilson Moreira da Silva, detained for more than eight months, starts his trial on 6 October, on suspicion of crimes of “rebellion and resistance against an official”, his lawyer said this Friday.


Francisco Muteka said he believed in the acquittal of his client, at trial, because the prosecution of the Public Ministry (MP) "is quite ambiguous".

The lawyer stated that both crimes of which the activist, known as "Ta Nice Neutro" is accused, are provided for by articles 329 and 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPP), but, he noted, "there is not enough evidence to support the evidence contained in it".

The criminal process "has rules, and the rules are clear and objective, and they must be upheld in the trial before the judge of the case, otherwise it is acquittal from the case", he noted.

"And the defense, hopefully, is convinced that Gilson Moreira da Silva, also known as "Ta Nice Neutro" will later be acquitted of this process", he stressed.

The 35-year-old activist has been detained since January 14, 2022 at Hospital Prisão São Paulo, in Luanda, and his trial is scheduled to begin on October 6 at the 1st Chamber of the Luanda District Court.

The well-known activist was arrested after he was allegedly caught doing a live on social media, from Hospital Prisão São Paulo, in which he showed the conditions in which activist Luther Campos was detained, who had been arrested two days earlier.

According to the defense, "Ta Nice Neutral" at the time he was arrested "was no longer in good health, he was never in good health", and the deprivation of his liberty "conditioned" his scheduled medical appointment in Namibia.

And, therefore, "their condition of medical consultations was greatly impaired as a result of their detention and, consequently, the legalization of their preventive detention", Francisco Muteka stressed.

Asked about the existence of alleged political motivations in the detention of the activist critic of the Government, Muteka said that he reserved the right of silence.

"On this specific issue, as a lawyer, and as I am linked to the Angolan Bar Association, I reserve the right of silence so that I cannot jeopardize the principles that guide the exercise of my activity", he concluded.

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