The son-in-law of Angolan President Jose dos Santos took to social media to confirm that a Congolese court had sentenced him in absentia to one year in prison for real estate fraud.
Sindika Dokolo, a Congolese businessman and art collector, is married to dos Santos’ billionaire daughter, Isabel, and is an outspoken critic of Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila.He denounced Wednesday’s verdict, delivered by a court in the capital Kinshasa, as politically motivated.
“This conviction is so crude. It seems that Kabila and the intelligence service are no longer even concerned about appearances,” Mr. Dokolo told Reuters.
He said he had previously been acquitted in the same case.
Kabila’s chief political rival, the former governor Moise Katumbi, was also convicted of real estate fraud last June shortly after he announced his candidacy to stand in an election to replace Kabila.
That election was originally scheduled for last November but has been indefinitely postponed, triggering violent street protests in 2016 that killed dozens of people.
The government says the delays are due to challenges registering millions of voters.Photo Credit: Getty