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Angola

General Manuel Helder Vieira Dias Júnior (Kopelipa)

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


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Winners and losers in Angolagate

Also in the spotlight are Angola's military elite particularly Generals Manuel Van Helder Vieira 'Kopelipa' the National Security Advisor and Fernando Miala the Director of Military Intelligence whose unorthodox methods of arms procurement find frequent mention in French police documents...


Ciao João

Manuel Helder Vieira 'Kopelipa' in their public documents...

Arms procurement has long been the preserve of state purchaser Simportex under Kopelipa's management; he also negotiated a United States' lobbying contract with Cabelly-Riley International one of the most lucrative such contracts in Washington...

He disagreed with Kopelipa over tactics favouring a more gradualist approach in the war against Jonas Savimbi's União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola and arguing that the FAA should be more mobile and flexible with a hearts-and-minds campaign in ex-UNITA areas...

Kopelipa emphasises military might and capital-intensive war...


Presidential pranks

GW said the Angolan contact was National Security Advisor General Manuel Helda Vieira Dias 'Kopelipa'...


The lobbyists' list

Foreign principal: General Manuel Helder Vieira Dias 'Kopelipa' (National Security Advisor to President José Eduardo dos Santos)...

Kopelipa...


Bailing in

Those involved have included the President's National Security Advisor and counter-intelligence boss Manuel Helder Vieira Dias 'Kopelipa'; Fernando Miala also from state security; and General Higino Carneiro...


Shell-shocked

Manuel Helder Vieira Dias 'Kopelipa' also in charge of counter-intelligence...

His critics argue that Kopelipa should have warned the politicians against starting the planalto offensive as a stunt timed to coincide with the MPLA's party congress last December...

Kopelipa who had been in charge of FAA's arms procurement deals has also been criticised for buying inappropriate equipment failing to secure the best value for money and not clamping down on corrupt practices on the government's side of the purchase arrangements...


War drums sounding

Manuel Helder Vieira Dias ‘Kopelipa'; and MPLA Secretary General Lopo do Nascimento...


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