Portuguese judge refuses to extradite former Angolan vice president

LISBON, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- A Portuguese judge has refused a request to extradite former Angolan vice-president Manuel Vicente, and he will stand trial on corruption charges later this month in Portugal, the office of Portugal's Attorney General said on Tuesday.

Angolan President Joao Lourenco called Portugal's refusal to extradite Vicente "offensive".

However, Portugal's Public Prosecution Service fears Vicente will be granted diplomatic immunity if he returns to Angola.

"Operation Fizz" revolved around accusations that Vicente paid 760,000 euros (906,550 U.S. dollars) in bribes to Portugal's former public prosecutor Orlando Figueira. The bribes were designed to halt two corruption inquiries.

Figueira is also facing corruption charges.

The case against Vicente will be heard in Lisbon from Jan. 22.

[ Editor: meng ]


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