The lawyer representing Tchizé dos Santos said today that the former Angolan President did not want to be buried in Angola to avoid taking political advantage of the ceremony and because his children cannot enter the country.
“Tchizé and his brothers want the father’s wishes to be respected, which is not to be buried in Angola, but in Spain, because he does not want the current President of the Republic to use his burial for political purposes,” Carmen Varela told Lusa. adding that, in addition, a funeral in Angola would make it impossible for several close family members to say goodbye, as some of the children “cannot enter Angola and do not even have an Angolan passport”.
The lawyer representing one of the daughters of the former President of Angola José Eduardo dos Santos, who died today after two weeks in a private clinic in Barcelona, confirmed that an injunction was filed in the court so that the body is not transferred to Angola and revealed that “the Teknon clinic told us that the body will not leave the clinic until there is either a court order or an agreement between all the children.”
For now, the lawyer has requested an autopsy, and was on her way to Barcelona this afternoon, not only to carry out the necessary steps, but also because she herself will be operated on in the same clinic, admitting, moreover, to be “a little worried for being operated on at Teknon for the week”.
Carmen Varela argues that “José Eduardo dos Santos was no longer a diplomat, his residence was Barcelona, and the only ones who have a decision on the burial place are the children, enough of political manipulations”.
Asked if there is any document where this will of José Eduardo dos Santos is expressed, the lawyer said that she did not see this document, but said that a declaration of the children was delivered to the court in which the father’s will is recorded.
“Neither the ministers nor the President can override the family’s wishes, the family will not authorize any burial in Angola because the children of the first marriage cannot enter Angola and want to say goodbye to their father freely in Spain” , he stressed, concluding that forcing the transfer to Luanda would be “a violation of the family’s human rights”.
José Eduardo dos Santos died today at the age of 79 in a clinic in Barcelona, Spain, after weeks of hospitalization, the Angolan presidency announced today, which decreed five days of national mourning.
The former President of Angola had been in intensive care for two weeks at a clinic in Barcelona.
During this period, the daughter Tchizé dos Santos filed a complaint with the Catalonia police, arguing that the former head of state of Angola was not taking the care he considered adequate.
As the lawyer representing the Angolan woman, Carmen Varela, then told Lusa, the complaint was aimed at investigating alleged crimes of attempted murder, failure to provide assistance, injuries due to gross negligence and disclosure of secrets by close people.
As a source close to the family also told Lusa, Tchizé dos Santos wanted to remove Ana Paula dos Santos, the ex-wife of José Eduardo dos Santos and mother of three of his children, and prevent the machines that kept the former alive from being turned off. president.
Tchizé dos Santos has also accused the current chief executive, João Lourenço, of being politically managing the case in recent days.
The Angolan government announced today the creation of a State commission to organize the funeral ceremony of the former Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos, which includes 11 ministers and the governor of Luanda.
The funeral ceremony is not consensual, as the eldest daughters of José Eduardo dos Santos do not want to return to Angola, because they face legal proceedings or because their lives are allegedly at risk.
Another son, José Filomeno “Zenu” dos Santos, was sentenced to prison as part of a corruption case, pending his appeal, and said recently that his passport was being withheld by the Angolan authorities.
José Eduardo dos Santos, 79, is the father of eight children with five wives and has been at the forefront of Angola’s destiny for 38 years.
Eduardo dos Santos ruled Angola between 1979 and 2017, having been one of the longest-serving Presidents in the world and was regularly accused by international organizations of corruption and nepotism.
In 2017, he resigned from re-candidate and the current President, João Lourenço, succeeded him in office, having also been elected by the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), which has governed the country since independence from Portugal in 1975.