Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:56 - Updated Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:56
Angola: 279 diamonds sale houses shut down
Malanje -The Angolan authorities have shut down 279 diamonds sale and purchase houses, as well as cancelled the activity of 122 co-operatives dealing in diamonds exploration, 52 days after the start of the “Operation Transparency”, announced last Wednesday in the northern Malanje Province the spokesman of the said police operation, António Bernardo.
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Commissioner António Bernardo, ?Operation Transparency? spokesperson in Malanje Province
Photo: Henri Celso
Commissioner António Bernardo
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“Operation Transparency” is essentially intended to fight illegal immigration, illegal exploration of diamonds and put a stop to environmental crimes committed in the ambit of the irregular prospecting of minerals.
The police officer explained that the majority of the co-operatives were not declaring to the concerned state organs the diamonds sales they were doing.
Still in the ambit of the operation, the authorities apprehended several instruments and equipment used in the irregular prospecting of minerals, as well as sized just over 23.2 million kwanzas, USD 1.039 million and 944.520 rands, plus over 12,000 karats of diamonds and 4910 precious stones yet to be evaluated.
The source also disclosed that in the ambit of the same operation over 400,000 illegal foreigners who resided in diamond-rich areas (mainly in the east, centre-east, north and northeast of the country) have left the Angolan territory voluntarily, while 14,636 others were repatriated through administrative and judicial processes.
Making an assessment of the fifty days of “Operation Transparency”, António Bernardo – who is also the Malanje Province Police Commander –highlighted that the authorities are taking the necessary measures to reduce the vulnerability of the Angolan borders, further stressing that illegal immigration has been endangering national stability and security, therefore there is a need to put a stop to such situation.
Commissioner António Bernardo also assured that, throughout the operation, the authorities have been instructing the effectives to respect the principles of reasonableness, balance, proportionality and, fundamentally, respect for human rights.
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