An­gola probes claims of graft in the trea­sury

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

LUANDA: An­gola will carry out a rare in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the il­le­gal trans­fer of gov­ern­ment funds abroad and will name any trea­sury and fi­nance min­istry of­fi­cials who face charges as a re­sult, a pros­e­cu­tor said.

The at­tor­ney-gen­eral could press charges against those sus­pected of “il­licit and fraud­u­lent acts” af­ter al­leg­ing on Mon­day that of­fi­cials had been il­le­gally ex­port­ing funds, said deputy chief pros­e­cu­tor Domin­gos Baxe.

De­tails of the sums salted away would be made pub­lic, Baxe said. The probe should be com­pleted in 45 days.

It is very rare for gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to be pros­e­cuted for cor­rup­tion in An­gola, which was ranked among the 18 most graft-rid­den coun­tries in the world in 2009. – Reuters

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