Angola: Court Clears Way for Dos Santos Autopsy

José Eduardo dos Santos, President of the Republic of Angola, addresses a United Nations meeting in 2007.

A Spanish court has cleared the way for an autopsy to be conducted on Angola's former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who died in Barcelona Friday.

His daughter, Tchize dos Santos, requested the autopsy because she believes there were suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. She said political enemies did not want him to back the opposition in forthcoming Angolan elections, the BBC reported.

In addition, the BBC reported that the politician wanted to be buried privately in Spain, but Angola has taken measures to have his body returned to his home country for a state funeral.

The 79-year-old died at the Teknon clinic in Barcelona, where he was being treated following a prolonged illness, according to a statement by the presidency.

Some information in this report came from Reuters.

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