Casablanca, Morocco (ADV) – The son of former Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos, who was jailed Monday in a Luanda prison for embezzlement, has started a hunger strike.
“He refuses to eat since Tuesday, his family brings him food but he does not eat it,” said a source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Former head of the Angolan sovereign wealth fund, 40-year-old Jose Filomeno dos Santos has been detained in Sao Paulo prison on the orders of the country’s public prosecutor’s office.
Nicknamed Zenu, he was charged last March with “fraud, embezzlement, trading in influence, money laundering and criminal association” for having developed a huge fraud that could have allowed him to divert, with several accomplices up to $ 1.5 billion.
He is the first member of the family of former President dos Santos to be incarcerated since his successor Joao Lourenço came to power a year ago.
Former regime chief, Mr. Lourenço has dismissed most of the relatives of his predecessor as the head of the country’s institutions, public enterprises and security apparatus, in the name of the fight against corruption.
The son dos Santos was thanked last January, along with his half-sister, Isabel, dismissed from the leadership of the national oil company, Sonangol.
Justice Minister Francisco Queiros on Thursday defended the recent arrests of several senior dignitaries of the former regime, which he described as “normal”. “There is a desire of all Angolan institutions to fight against corruption (and to change behavior),” he said.
On Wednesday, dozens of people marched in front of Sao Paulo prison seeking confirmation of the presence of the son of their former president.
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