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Trial of defendants in the Lussati case scheduled to start in December

The trial of Major Pedro Lussaty, linked to the President's House of Security, and another 20 defendants accused of crimes of embezzlement, improper receipt of capital and criminal association, is scheduled to start in December, was reported.

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The information was advanced by public radio, citing a source from the Attorney General's Office (PGR), the body that has already formalized the accusation.

The formalization of the charges against the defendants in the so-called "Lussati case" was made public last week by the PGR spokesperson, Álvaro João, noting that the suspects and their lawyers had already been notified of the accusation.

The citizens involved, including officers of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) and civilians, are being accused of crimes of embezzlement, improper receipt of capital, criminal association and money laundering.

Angolan Major Pedro Lussati, assigned to the Security House of the President of the Republic, and considered the leader of the group, has been detained since last June, after being found in possession of millions of dollars, euros and kwanzas stored in suitcases, crates and vehicles.

Various movable and immovable property of the FAA military officer indicted for the crimes of embezzlement, retention of currency and criminal association were also seized.

The major's arrest took place within the scope of Operation Crab and also contributed to the dismissal of several officers linked to the President's House of Security, involved in this process.

General Pedro Sebastião, then Minister of State of the President's Head of House of Security, was dismissed by João Lourenço, following this process, and General Francisco Pereira Furtado was appointed to his place.