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João Lourenço, president of Angola, will be under investigation in the USA

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The President of Angola, João Lourenço

The US justice is investigating the president of Angola, João Lourenço, his wife and other figures who are close to him as the former vice-president Manuel Vicente, according to the consultancy Pangea Risk, which specializes in African affairs.

The investigation will run for about a year and US prosecutors will be looking into suspected violations of U.S. law, as advances the Express that had access to a report from the consultant that is based in Mauritius.

In addition to João Lourenço, his wife Ana Afonso Dias Lourenço, lawyer Carlos Feijó, Angolan Energy Minister João Baptista Borges, former Angolan vice-president Manuel Vicente, and businessmen Carlos Cunha and Valdomiro Minoru Dondo, as highlighted by Expresso.

At issue will be suspected of “alleged violations of the FCPA – Foreign Corrupt Practices Act”, namely “American legislation on the corruption of American civil servants abroad”, as noted in the Pangea report cited by the weekly.

The investigation will be looking at possible “illegal banking transactions, bank fraud for the purchase of real estate in the United States, and a conspiracy to defraud the US Department of Justice by Lourenço family“, Highlights the Expresso.

Part of the suspicions will be focused on private companies that are controlled by figures close to João Lourenço, including communication agency Orion that Ana Afonso Dias Lourenço is a shareholder.

Prosecutors will also be looking at the alleged payment of bribes to companies of the president of Angola and “close business partners”, including alleged “gloves” from Brazilian Odebrecht to Orion.

The investigation may also “aim Angolan banks, companies and offshores to collect more evidence that may affect Angola’s relations with multilateral institutions, on whose credit the country has become increasingly dependent ”, notes Expresso.

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