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Angolan high-ranking military official jailed for fraud, embezzlement

A lawyer raising his hand during a court session in the case of major Lussati in Angola   -  
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 Angolan major Pedro Lussati was sentenced today to 14 years in prison and a further 100 days after he was found guilty of embezzlement, fraud in transporting currency abroad and money laundering.

According to the judge, it was proven in the trial that Pedro Lussati committed the crimes of embezzlement, by adulterating and inflating salary sheets of the Security House of the President of the Republic of Angola, in the period between 2008 and 2018.

The well-known "Lussati case" involves 49 defendants, including high-ranking military and civilian officials, allegedly involved in the embezzlement of millions of dollars through a fraudulent scheme of payments of inflated salaries and to "ghost" employees in the units assigned to the Angolan President's House of Security.

The co-accused Jacinto Hengombe, the assistant to the secretary general of the Angolan President's Security House, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the crime of embezzlement and three years in prison for the crime of money laundering.

All the defendants were acquitted of the crime of criminal association for insufficient evidence, while the defendants Frenado Moisés Dumbo, Manuel Correia and Francisco Ventura were acquitted of all the crimes they were accused of.

The remaining defendants were sentenced to between three and seven years in prison.

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