Ex-President dos Santos's son on trial in Angola for corruption

José Filomeno dos Santos and his co-accused, the former Banco Nacional de Angola Governor Valter Filipe, helped spirit US$500 million (£400m) out of the country during his time as head of Angola’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, state prosecutors say.

The two men have pleaded not guilty.

The case is being seen as a test of the country’s commitment to undoing the corruption which flourished during the four-decade rule of former President José Eduardo dos Santos.

Mr Influence

Two years ago, his son, better known as Zenú, was untouchable – a member of the all-powerful dos Santos family, whose influence seemed to reach into every corner of Angola.

So, his trial in the capital, Luanda, is an extraordinary moment for a famously corrupt, impoverished and oil-rich country.

In 2017, José Eduardo dos Santos stepped down after 38 years in power.

ut his successor, João Lourenço, also from the governing MPLA party, abruptly turned against the Dos Santos clan and promised reforms and a clean-up.

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