Angola awaits extradition of former TCUL CEO

  • Justice Palace
Luanda - The Angolan authorities are waiting for the extradition of the former chairman of the Board of Directors of the Luanda Urban Public Transport Company (TCUL), Abel António Cosme, involved in the "CNC Case.

The information was provided Thursday in Luanda by the attorney general of the Republic, Hélder Pitta Gróz, sho said Abel Cosme, who is in custody in Portugal, will be extradited at the request of the Angolan justice.

"We are waiting all the time for this to be carried out. We made this request for a location (...) and we are waiting for justice and the Portuguese government to take this step," Hélder Pitta Gróz told Rádio Nacional de Angola.

Mr. Cosme was convicted in absentia in the "CNC case" for crimes of money laundering, corruption and embezzlement of Angolan state funds, as well as criminal association.

In January of this year, he was arrested by the Portuguese Judicial Police in the Greater Lisbon area.

The main figure in the "CNC Case" is the former Minister of Transport, Augusto Tomás, who was sentenced in the first instance, in August 2019, to 14 years in prison for crimes of embezzlement, violation of the rules of execution of the Plan and Budget, abuse of power and economic participation.

After an appeal to the Supreme Court, Augusto Tomás saw, in December 2019, the sentence to be reduced to eight years and four months in prison.

In the same process, the former director-general of CNC, Manuel António Paulo, the former deputy director for the Financial Area, Isabel Bragança, and the then deputy director for the Technical Area, Rui Manuel Moita, were convicted.

 

 

The information was provided Thursday in Luanda by the attorney general of the Republic, Hélder Pitta Gróz, sho said Abel Cosme, who is in custody in Portugal, will be extradited at the request of the Angolan justice.

"We are waiting all the time for this to be carried out. We made this request for a location (...) and we are waiting for justice and the Portuguese government to take this step," Hélder Pitta Gróz told Rádio Nacional de Angola.

Mr. Cosme was convicted in absentia in the "CNC case" for crimes of money laundering, corruption and embezzlement of Angolan state funds, as well as criminal association.

In January of this year, he was arrested by the Portuguese Judicial Police in the Greater Lisbon area.

The main figure in the "CNC Case" is the former Minister of Transport, Augusto Tomás, who was sentenced in the first instance, in August 2019, to 14 years in prison for crimes of embezzlement, violation of the rules of execution of the Plan and Budget, abuse of power and economic participation.

After an appeal to the Supreme Court, Augusto Tomás saw, in December 2019, the sentence to be reduced to eight years and four months in prison.

In the same process, the former director-general of CNC, Manuel António Paulo, the former deputy director for the Financial Area, Isabel Bragança, and the then deputy director for the Technical Area, Rui Manuel Moita, were convicted.