Angolan ex-president’s son Jose Filomeno dos Santos bags five years jail for $500m fraud

Angola Supreme Court has sentence the Jose Filomeno dos Santos the son of the country’s former president for five-year jail on $500m fraud.

Jose Filomeno dos Santos was accused of trying to embezzle up to $1.5bn from the sovereign wealth fund, which he oversaw from 2013 to 2018.

Dos Santos, 42, was summoned before court in December over allegations he tried to embezzle up to $1.5 billion (1.3 billion euros) from the sovereign wealth fund, which he oversaw from 2013 to 2018.

judge Joao da Cruz Pitra said, for the crime of fraud and for the crime of peddling influence … the legal cumulus condemns him to a single sentence of five years in prison.

He was later charged with stealing $500m from the fund and transferring it to a bank account in Switzerland

Santos, also known as Zenu is the first member of the former presidential family to be prosecuted as part of an anti-corruption campaign led by President Joao Lourenco, who came to power in 2017.

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Back in February, Angolan investigators froze the assets of Zenu’s billionaire half-sister, Isabel dos Santos.

She is being probed for a long list of crimes in Angola, including mismanagement, embezzlement, and money laundering during her stewardship of the state-run oil giant, Sonangol.

Three co-defendants, including the former governor of the national bank of Angola (BNA) Valter Filipe da Silva, were sentenced to between four and six years in prison for fraud, embezzlement and influence peddling.

All four were acquitted of money-laundering charges. They had previously denied any wrongdoing.

His father, José Eduardo dos Santos, led the country for 38 years. He was president from 1979 until he resigned in 2017, and was replaced by his former defence minister, Joao Lourenço.

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