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Son of Angola’s ex-leader jailed for five years

The son of Angola’s ex- president has been whipped with a jail term for five years for fraud from when he was the head of the oil-rich country’s Sovereign Wealth Fund.

José Filomeno dos Santos aged 42, was accused of attempting  to embezzle up to $1.5bn (£1.1bn) while overseeing the $5bn fund from 2013 to 2018.

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

José Eduardo dos Santos former President and father of the of the accused led the country for 38 years.

He  was president from 1979 until he resigned in 2017, to be replaced by the man he had handpicked for the job, his former defence minister Joao Lourenço.

José Filomeno dos Santos, also known as Zenu, spent seven months in jail over the corruption allegations before being freed in March.

Source; BBC

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