Oct 20, 2017 Last Updated 1:58 PM, Oct 20, 2017
×

Warning

JFile: :read: Unable to open file:

Angola VP Manuel Vicente 'To Face Portugal Corruption Charges'

Manuel Vicente was tipped by some to be Angola's next president Manuel Vicente was tipped by some to be Angola's next president Image sourced at bbc.com
Published in International News
Read 10373 times
Rate this item
(0 votes)
Tagged under

Portuguese state prosecutors are bringing corruption charges against Angola's vice-president Manuel Vicente.

The attorney-general's office says that Mr Vicente paid $810,000 (£650,000) in bribes to shut down corruption investigations that he was facing.

The alleged bribes were made to Portugal's former public prosecutor Orlando Figueira, who also faces charges as part of "Operation Fizz".

Mr Vicente's lawyer has denied the allegations, Portuguese media report.

Mr Vicente served as head of Angola's state oil company Sonangol from 1999 until 2012, a hugely influential position now occupied by the president's daughter Isabel Dos Santos.

Until news of the corruption scandal emerged last year, he had been strongly tipped as a potential successor to President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has ruled Angola since 1979.

The original corruption investigation, halted in 2012, focused on the origin of money Mr Vicente used to buy a luxury apartment in Lisbon, local media reported.

The vice-president's lawyer, Rui Patricio, said his client had not been notified of any charges being brought against him, describing the move as a "procedural violation" which "invalidated the legal process", local media report.

Portuguese prosecutors say they intend to notify the vice-president of the charges via the Angolan authorities.

Angola has branded previous attempts by Portugal to investigate Mr Vicente as "revenge by the former colonial master" and "neo-colonialism".

Angola's political and financial elite have in recent years invested hundreds of millions of dollars in Portugal, Angola's former colonial ruler.

The investments have largely gone into buying up property and Portuguese companies.

Angola and Nigeria are Africa's biggest oil producers.

Despite its oil wealth most people in Angola survive on less than $2 a day and child mortality rates are among the highest in the world

 

Critics accuse President Jose Eduardo dos Santos of being increasingly authoritarian.

2259 comments

  • Comment Link Mauricio Mauricio Friday, 20 October 2017 22:45

    What's up, just wanted tto tell you,I enjoyed this post.
    It was practical. Keep oon posting!

  • Comment Link Ameliavib Ameliavib Friday, 20 October 2017 22:20

    canadian cialis

    buy cialis online canada

    cialis for sale canada

    canadian pharmacies generic viagra

  • Comment Link cialis vs viagra cialis vs viagra Friday, 20 October 2017 22:18

    sildenafil citrate 100mg http://viagrabl.com/ where can i buy health insurance

  • Comment Link Ameliavib Ameliavib Friday, 20 October 2017 22:04

    canadian cialis online pharmacy

    viagra online pharmacy

    viagra from canada without a prescription

    canada meds viagra

  • Comment Link Eden Eden Friday, 20 October 2017 21:25

    I used tto be able to find good advice from your blog posts.

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated.Basic HTML code is allowed.

Capital Tweets

Any data to display

Find Us on Facebook