Angola: Universal Church pastors heard in court

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Luanda - Four pastors of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (IURD) are being tried this Monday at the Court of Benfica, in Luanda, accused of crimes of aggression and contempt for authority.

Also four security guards of a company that provides services in one of the condominiums that accommodates the pastors are also accused of the same crimes.

The defendants - a Brazilian pastor and three Angolans, - are accused of attacking and insulting the commander of the Luanda’s Talatona Police Station last week.

Security forces tried to settle a disagreement among members of the church, after have been prevented from gaining access to one of the residences of the condominium.

So far, four defendants (pastors) have been heard, lacking the four security guards involved in the aggression.

During the hearing session, which may end this Monday, the first three pastors heard denied the two allegations of which they have been accused.

The crisis at IURD Angola started to intensify on November 28, 2019, when 300 Angolan faithful, including pastors and bishops, accused the Brazilian wing for the first time.

At the time, they signed a petition and reported the alleged practices to the Attorney General's Office (PGR), which instituted a criminal proceeding, with no results.

 

Also four security guards of a company that provides services in one of the condominiums that accommodates the pastors are also accused of the same crimes.

The defendants - a Brazilian pastor and three Angolans, - are accused of attacking and insulting the commander of the Luanda’s Talatona Police Station last week.

Security forces tried to settle a disagreement among members of the church, after have been prevented from gaining access to one of the residences of the condominium.

So far, four defendants (pastors) have been heard, lacking the four security guards involved in the aggression.

During the hearing session, which may end this Monday, the first three pastors heard denied the two allegations of which they have been accused.

The crisis at IURD Angola started to intensify on November 28, 2019, when 300 Angolan faithful, including pastors and bishops, accused the Brazilian wing for the first time.

At the time, they signed a petition and reported the alleged practices to the Attorney General's Office (PGR), which instituted a criminal proceeding, with no results.