Son of ex-Angolan president detained for fraud and for being part of a criminal organization

Jose Filomeno dos Santos
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The son of Angola’s ex-president has been arrested and held in custody in connection with an investigation into corruption and other crimes, the official ANGOP news agency said.

Jose Filomeno dos Santos

The ex-president’s son, José Filomeno dos Santos, is the highest profile figure to be detained since President Joao Lourenco succeeded former leader Jose Eduardo dos Santos in 2017 vowing to fight widespread corruption.

Angolan President Joao Lourenco came to power in 2017 and pledged to crack down on corruption

ANGOP said he had been arrested for “being part of a criminal association, irregular acceptance of advantages, fraud, embezzlement and corruption, among others.”

Angola’s former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos

State prosecutors in Angola ordered Jose Filomeno dos Santos to be remanded in custody on Monday over a corruption case involving $1.5 billion (€1.28 billion) in fraudulent transactions.

“The evidence assembled in the case constitutes sufficient evidence that the accused were involved in acts of corruption,” prosecutor-general Alvaro Da Silva Joao said in a statement.

Dos Santos, nicknamed Zenu, headed Angola’s $5 billion sovereign wealth fund after being appointed to the post in 2013 by his father, former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

In March, the younger Dos Santos, the former head of Angola’s $5 billion sovereign wealth fund, was charged with fraud relating to a $500 million transaction out of an account belonging to the central bank.

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