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A former Angolan minister was Monday handed a 14-year prison sentence for graft during his tenure, the latest conviction in a string of corruption prosecutions involving the ex-regime.
President Joao Lourenco has been on an anti-corruption campaign against politicians and businessmen operating under the auspices of his predecessor Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
Ex-communications minister Manuel Rabelais was arrested in October for allegedly embezzling around $117 million in 2016 and 2017, using a marketing firm he headed to siphon off the money.
On Monday he was found guilty and jailed to 14-and-a-half years for embezzlement and money laundering, the verdict said.
Rabelais has denied any wrongdoing.
He is the second ex-minister to be convicted for corruption since Lourenco took power in 2017.
Former transport minister Augusto da Silva Tomas was also found guilty of graft in 2019 and handed a 14-year prison…