31 January 2013

Angola: Attorney General Rules Out Threat Against MP Leonel Gomes

Luanda — The Angolan attorney general (PGR) Wednesday in Luanda ruled out that the message recorded in the cellphone of MP Leonel José Gomes might have a content and character that would threaten and attempt against the life of any citizen.

In a press note released in Luanda, the PGR explains that on 28 January 2013, the country's high court's presiding judges and the Republic's attorney general attended a National Assembly (Parliament) session that discussed the State Budget for 2013, within the justice administration's specialised commission.

During the session, MP Leonel José Gomes told the Republic attorney general, João Maria de Sousa that he feared for his life and would not understand how in a democratic and lawful State, people would be placed on blacklists, for possible physical elimination, as he feared was his case.

Leone Gomes also questioned as to when the Attorney General's Office, the institution responsible for ensuring legality, would start investigating violations that were of public knowledge.

On the occasion, in order to explain his fears, the MP played an audio in the assembly also attended by journalists, which made the content of his allegations public.

The note read that the audio stated "you have just dialled 113, your number is on the blacklist and your call shall be dropped," which triggered the fear of the MP who realized that his cellphone number was placed by the National Police on a blacklist and himself to be physically eliminated.

In response, the Republic attorney general appealed to the MP to remain calm, stating that the content of the audio could lead to various interpretations, except that of a death threat from the National Police and pledged to investigate the case.

The attorney further explained that the National Police have an emergency number (113) that operates either automatically or by an operator, carrying out a sequence of procedures ranging from A, B to C.

In receiving the call, it was explained, the A classifier immediately and automatically responds in two possible manners: "you have just dialled 113, your call will be attended immediately (this being the case); or "your number is blacklisted (in this case the person's call is immediately and automatically dropped by the system itself).

Thus, the attorney explained, the caller affected by his number placed on the blacklist of the 113 National Police automatic emergency system is free to lodge a complaint that might lead to an investigation to find whether the response was actually activated by the operator of the 113 system.

Should it be found that a mistake made by the operator led to the blacklisting of the number, the operator is liable to a disciplinary action and the caller's number cleared from the blacklist.

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