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Supreme Court grants parole to former minister Augusto Tomás

The Supreme Court granted conditional release to former Minister of Transport Augusto Tomás, who is obliged to reside in Luanda and pay the total compensation to which he was sentenced.


In the ruling of the Supreme Court, dated this Wednesday and to which Lusa had access, "conditional freedom is granted to the inmate Augusto da Silva Tomás, for the time remaining for the fulfillment of the sentence of five years, three months and 22 days of prison".

The sentence of Augusto Tomás - sentenced by the Supreme Court in August 2019, to 14 years in prison, within the scope of the judgment of the well-known "Case of the National Council of Chargers" (CNC), a sentence that was reduced by the plenary of the Supreme Court to seven years and one month in prison – ends on January 10, 2024, reads in the judgment.

Until then, the former minister will have to "fulfill the following obligations: reside in this city of Luanda; pay the full compensation to which he was sentenced, within the same period".

The defense of Augusto Tomás requested parole, as the former minister had served half of the sentence imposed on him, with the general directorate of the Prison Service giving a favorable opinion.

The former Minister of Transport has been detained since September 21, 2018, so he reached the middle of his sentence on April 2 of this year.

Augusto Tomás was Minister of Transport between 2008 and 2017, and responded in court for the crimes of embezzlement, violation of the rules for implementing the budget plan in a continuous form, abuse of power in a continuous form and economic participation.

The former Minister of Transport was acquitted of the crimes of money laundering, criminal association and the crime of participating in a business, due to lack of evidence.


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