General Antonio Jose Maria

Chief of Military Intelligence

Date of Birth: 06/03/1946
Place of Birth: Lubango

Married Maria Victoria da Silva Izata, 1975, with one child.

Career: Cadet, 1973; Military Instructor, Luanda, 1973; Second Lieutenant, 1973; Second Company Commandant, 1973-75; Member, Movimento das Forcas Armadas, 1974; Commander, Quibala Front, 1975; Captain, 1976; FAPLA Commander, Sao Tome e Principe, 1978; Secretary to the President for Defence and Security, 1978; Chief, Military Counter-Intelligence, 1982; Member, Provincial Assembly, Huambo, 1982-92; Colonel, 1985; General, FAPLA, 1991; Deputy Chief of General Staff (Doctrine and Education) 1992-; Chief of Military Intelligence.

After the 1992 return to war Maria's star fell slightly. Formerly he was among the most powerful men in Angola, following a decade as Secretary for Defence and Security in the Presidency. He is a renaissance soldier with religious education and military training in the Portuguese (paratroopers) and Angolan armies; he has combined military intelligence jobs with civilian politics and was part of negotions, on behalf of President dos Santos, with Cabindan secessionists.

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Vol 54 N0 2


Secret shipment

Vol 49 N0 6


Cocaine coast

UNODC's Italian Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa compared Europe's consumption and its destructive effects on Africa to the transatlantic slave trade, arguing that the Gold Coast (the colonial name for Ghana) had become the 'coke coast'...

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