Prosecutors in Angola have ordered the closure of places of worship belonging to one in all Brazil’s biggest church buildings, accusing it of corruption.
A minimal of seven buildings belonging to the Frequent Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) have been seized throughout the capital, Luanda.
Prosecutors talked about the evangelical church had been involved in tax fraud and totally different fiscal crimes.
UCKG officers have beforehand strongly denied any wrongdoing.
Closing yr about 300 Angolan UCKG bishops broke away from the Brazilian administration, accusing it of mismanagement and by no means being African adequate. UCKG officers described the accusations as “defamatory”.
The UCKG claims to have about eight million members in Brazil and branches in quite a few African nations. It promotes “prosperity theology”, whereby believers are suggested their faith and donations to the Church will lead to supplies wealth.
The row started remaining yr when Angolan bishops broke away from the Brazilian Church, accusing it of “fiscal evasion” and of practices reverse to the “African and Angolan actuality”.
In December, Angolan authorities opened an investigation and on Friday prosecutor-general Alvaro Da Silva Joao launched the seizure of seven UCKG temples.
“These apprehensions end result from the reality that throughout the information there are adequate indications of the apply of crimes of jail affiliation, tax fraud, illicit export of capital, abuse of perception and totally different… illegal acts,” he talked about in a press launch.