The illegal transfers of currency abroad detected at the end of last year, cost the National Treasury nearly US$160 million, the Attorney General, Jo ao Maria de Sousa said on Wednesday.
He said 43 people had been arrested in connection with illegal transfers, out of whom 28 have been formally charged and 25 remanded in custody.
From the amount, de Sousa added, the National Reserve Bank of Angola (BNA) under took steps that secured the return of US$98.3 million via international banking n etwork at the beginning of the investigation of the case.
Afterwards, the National Department of Inspection of Economic Activities retriev ed additional US$16.5 million, said the Attorney-General.
He said 30,000 Euros and 26.5 million Angola Kwanzas found in possession of some defendants were seized.
de Sousa said the state had confiscated several properties and goods belonging t o the accused persons such as 39 vehicles, three rural and 15 urban buildings.