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General Manuel Helder Vieira Dias Júnior (Kopelipa)

Date of Birth: 4 October 1953
Place of Birth: Luanda


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The Angolagate trial

Also missing will be their Angolan counterparts: Ambassador in Paris Elísio de Figueiredo; the late Defence Minister Pedro Tonha (deceased); General Manuel Hélder Vieira Dias ‘Kopelipa’; General Salviano Sequeira; and Antonio Neto President of the Banco Nacional de Angola all of whom are accused in the indictment of receiving rewards from the deals...

2% commission on oil pre-financing the indictment says and adds that Falcone paid $54 569 520 to over 30 Angolan officials between 1993 and 2000 plus school fees in Britain for Kopelipa’s daughter...


One party rule

Hélder Vieira Dias 'Kopelipa' who is also in charge of the Gabinete de Reconstrução Nacional which supervises the China Investment Fund...

His fall was then attributed to intrigues by Kopelipa and Gen...

Kopelipa is now regarded as the real head of the presidency 'O chefe do boss' the boss's boss...

Leaks that discredit Kopelipa seem to come from the boss himself Dos Santos aka 'Zedu' who is skilled at cutting his rivals down to size...


Daughters and generals

The public transport company Macon is owned by the head of the Presidency Military Staff Hélder Vieira 'Kopelipa' who also runs the Office of National Reconstruction; one of his partners is Brig...


Political hurdles ahead

Meanwhile there will be some reshuffling of officials in the Presidency and the intelligence services following the arrest of veteran military intelligence advisor Manuel Helder Vieira Dias ‘Kopelipa’...

For years Kopelipa was one of Dos Santos’s closest aides entrusted with several intelligence missions arms procurement contracts and latterly the management of China’s multibillion dollar credit line...

Kopelipa’s arrest follows the arrest and demotion of another long-time intelligence official a year ago General Fernando Garcia Miala...


Flying higher

In rudimentary terms one set of lending is from the China's Exim Bank for a set of projects overseen by the Finance Ministry while another set of loans supporting projects including rehabilitation of the Benguela railway is channelled through the CIF and is overseen directly by the presidency and managed by Manuel Helder Vieira Días 'Kopelipa'...


The trains don't run on time

The Angolan agency responsible is the Gabinete de Reconstrução Nacional headed by General Hélder Vieira Dias 'Kopelipa' who is Chief of the Military Staff at the Presidency...

It indicates anyway that Kopelipa's influence is waning...


Coming cleanish on the money

Reports are circulating of the downfall of General Helder Vieira Días ‘Kopelipa’ who runs the GRN which oversees the CIF projects and who has declined to give much information to the Finance Ministry but has gone as far as to show the Finance Minister the projects on the ground...

The presidency even took the unusual step on 27 December of publicly denying a report in the weekly Folha 8 that Kopelipa and his ally António José Maria head of military intelligence were under arrest saying that ‘The said generals continue in their normal duties...

De Morais and Kopelipa who have a difficult relationship are due in Beijing this month to see if the problems can be patched up...


Big oil, high stakes

The latest row over China’s US$6 billion credit line to the Luanda government pitted two former intelligence chiefs against each other: General Manuel Hélder Vieira Dias ‘Kopelipa’ the former security advisor to President José Eduardo dos Santos and General Fernando Garcia Miala the long-time military intelligence director...

Kopelipa is ahead on all counts...

With continuing support from Dos Santos Kopelipa controls the government’s management of all China’s credit lines...

Miala has been dismissed from the army and was sentenced on 20 September to four years in gaol for insubordination after he had questioned Kopelipa’s competence and honesty in managing the China credit line...

Kopelipa has other enemies in the security elite...

The GRN is headed by Kopelipa who is now head of civil affairs at the presidency and arguably Angola’s second most powerful person...

Among other things Kopelipa helped engineer Miala’s fall from grace following a power struggle over control of access to financial flows from oil diamonds and foreign credit lines...


Mugging Miala

Manuel Helder Vieira Dias 'Kopelipa' one of President José Eduardo dos Santos' closest allies has reinforced his powerbase in the services but he remains a divisive figure...

Miala's associates speak of him leading an 'Africanist' group in the security services that clashed with a mestiço (mixed-race) group led by Kopelipa...

Apart from a farm in Gabela in Kwanza Sul and a business involvement with diamond magnate Lev Leviev Miala is not regarded as spectacularly wealthy - unlike his rival Kopelipa...


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