LUANDA, March 16 (Xinhua) -- Angolan Attorney's General Office confirmed Friday that the former governor of the Angolan Central Bank, Valter Filipe da Silva, is under investigation and prevented from leaving the country due to an alleged illicit transfer of 500 million U.S. dollars abroad.
According to the deputy Attorney General, Joao Luis de Freitas Coelho, the former governor of the central bank of Angola is indicted for the crime of embezzlement and money laundering.
The former bank chief is accused of being involved in an illicit transfer of 500 million dollars to an ccount at the Credit Suisse Bank in London, United Kingdom, in September last year, weeks before long-term president Jose Eduardo dos Santos left power.
The banking operation was considered suspicious by the British National Anti-Crime Agency (NCA) which initiated the investigation.
The deputy Attorney General said that the Angolan Ministry of Finance and the National Bank of Angola are working with the British authorities for the return of the money to Angola.
A team from NCA has been in Angola since the end of last year, having held several meetings with the Angolan authorities.