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Major Lussati's defense demands return of goods acquired "with a lot of sacrifice"

Major Pedro Lussati's lawyer demanded this Monday the return of his assets, including money, cars, jewelry and apartments seized by the Public Ministry (MP), arguing that corruption must be fought "within the limits of the Constitution".


"Major Pedro Lussati, as well as his defense, from the beginning always asked for the lifting of the seizure of his assets due to the fact that they were illegally seized, due to the fact that there was not enough evidence to eventually charge serious crimes against Major Pedro Lussati", said this Monday Francisco Muteka.

According to the lawyer, the need to lift the seizure of Lussati's assets also arises from the fact that "procedural procedures required by law are not carried out, due to the fact that criminal procedural procedures have been seriously violated".

The lawyer presented other arguments: "Because the Constitution and the defendant's own guarantees were seriously violated, in fact, long before he was constituted an accused for the facts that we have already listed above, which are the kidnapping and kidnapping".

"Writs completely unrelated to the formality that the law requires and the Criminal Procedure Code is clear, the rules must be clear and objective, it is as the law dictates and not as someone should understand to do", he criticized.

In statements at the Luanda District Court, where Pedro Lussati, one of the 49 defendants in the media 'Lussati case', presented allegations in his defence, Francisco Muteka defended that corruption must be fought within the limits of the Constitution.

"We must fight corruption within the limits of the Constitution, we must fight corruption within the limits of the law, that the Constitution is respected, that the guarantees and the rules of the game established by the law are respected, that's all," he stressed.

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 leader of the group, detained in possession of millions of dollars, euros and kwanzas stored in suitcases , crates and in several vehicles.

The Public Prosecutor's Office (MP) asked, last week, to maintain the accusations and "maximum sentence" to Major Pedro Lussati and the remaining 48 co-defendants for acting in "bad faith", in a "willful manner" and defrauding the State in million dollars.

On Monday, Pedro Lussati, in his allegations, refused the accusations and said that the money held in his possession is the result of his assets of more than 100 million dollars and that they also belong to his partners.

Pedro Lussati said that he is being used as a scapegoat, in a hybrid war between superiors, asked for the return of his assets and regretted that he has been wearing a single pair of clothes, the prison services uniform, since he was detained.

On Lussati's claim that he had been involved in a "trap", as he said in court, Muteka declined to comment, evoking the right of silence, and lamented his client's limitations in accessing his assets.

Pedro Lussati "at this precise moment has no clothes, at this precise moment he presents himself completely different from the other defendants here in the courtroom of trial", he pointed out.

This is because, explained the lawyer, "when Pedro Lussati was brutally beaten at his residence by the officers on duty, he was taken away as if he were an indigenous person, with due respect, he was not given the opportunity to remove anything of your residence".

"Even personal belongings such as clothes and shoes, nothing, it was a barbaric act that was not even allowed in Salazar's time, but unfortunately it happened to Pedro Lussati and today, as you have seen, he is demanding the delivery or return of his personal belongings. as well as heritage that he managed to build with a lot of sacrifice", he pointed out.

For the representative of the well-known "millionaire major", he will be acquitted of the process due to insufficient evidence and because he has no responsibility in the Military House, an organ "under such serious management as that".

Pedro Lussati, argued, "it was until the facts that a simple captain and captain could not have under his management a Security House where he has generals, general officers, high-ranking people who, in terms of the organic statute of the Security House of the President of the Republic have the competence to manage that body".

"Pedro Lussati was not responsible for that and that is what the Public Prosecutor's Office would have to prove, but it did not and if there is no evidence, the court has the obligation to acquit Pedro Lussati", concluded Francisco Muteka.

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 transport and others.


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