José Filomeno dos Santos, Son of Angola ex-president has been accused of $500million fraud relating to a transaction out of an account belonging to the central bank, the prosecutor general’s office revealed on Monday.
British authorities that froze the $500million in the UK due to suspicions over the transaction have said the money can be returned to Angola.
The former governor of the central bank, Valter Filipe da Silva, has also been charged with fraud in relation to the case, prosecutors said in comments transmitted by state radio.
Dos Santos’ passport has been seized and he is forbidden from leaving the country.
Prosecutors said that the alleged fraud does not fall under any of Angola’s amnesty’s for financial wrongdoing or repatriation of overseas funds and the crime would not be pardoned.
“A pardon will not work… this case will run to its final outcome,” vice prosecutor and head of the National Directorate for Criminal Investigations Luis Benza Zanga said.