31 January 2013

Angola: Republic Attorney Denies Money Recovery Reports

Luanda — The Office of the Republic attorney general (PGR) Wednesday in Luanda considered false the allegations contained in a "pseudo-news" posted in the internet by the "Club-K" site on January 29 this year about the recovery from abroad of funds associated with the process that came to be publicly known as "BNA case".

This stand is contained in a press note released by the PGR, in reaction to what it calls "full untruthfulness" in the statements contained in the above mentioned reports and its actuality.

The PGR considers it to be relevant to come up with information about the case and strongly deny the lies published.

The attorney general's Office explains that following a timely lodging of a lawsuit by the State with the Portuguese Attorney's Department, under the ABD - Amaral Blanco, Portela Duarte & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, RL, huge amounts of money in US

Dollars and Euros have been materially recovered and returned to the State through the Angola Reserve Bank (BNA).

It is also stated that the said amounts of money have been returned to the State, following the investigation that under the secrets of justice are still in progress both in Angola and Portugal, and it is untrue their being deposited in any particular bank accounts as reported.

According to the PGR, the return of the moneys to the State of the amounts recovered were and will be effected through payment operations, duly documented and registered with BNA accounts in accordance with appropriate procedures.

The PGR also denies as groundless the allusion to the delivery in Portugal or Switzerland of any amounts in cash to the attorney general of Angola and or their transportation in suitcases.

"It is ridiculous, on the part of those who released the pseudo-news with content of accusation, to speak of grants of never-seen Ferrari, or transfer of millions of dollars recovered in Portugal, into the personal account of a Portuguese lawyer or, even worse, to

make believe that in Switzerland, an European country, banks delivered millions of dollars in cash to whomsoever to be transported into another countries in bags," the note says.

In view of both Angolan and Portuguese investigation and the amounts recovered and those still seized, the PGR reaffirms its comprehension of the growing state of nerves on the part of some people and their accomplices and their convenience in publishing these pseudo-news that have the only purpose of denigrating the credibility of the ongoing probe, of the judiciary authorities and their officials.

The source also states that proving the untruthfulness of the report, is the fact that the Angolan attorney general has never visited Switzerland on any private business.

Finally, the attorney general warns that the "cowards who hide behind the virtual reality, and in the lack of a face and identity of those responsible for the Club-K, a lawsuit will be lodged against unidentified persons until the author of the pseudo-new is identified.

The attorney also warns that legal action, including civil and criminal accountability, will also be taken against whoever in bad faith reproduces or serves as a resonance box to the pseudo-news of criminal intention.

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