The son-in-law of Angola’s president has been sentenced to jail for fraud in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Businessman Sindika Dokolo told the BBC that the conviction was politically motivated and that he will appeal against the one-year jail term.
Neither Mr Dokolo nor his co-accused and brother Luzolo, attended the hearing, over a property dispute.
Mr Dokolo is married to Isabel dos Santos, reported to be Africa’s richest woman.
In recent months, Mr Dokolo, also a keen art collector, has repeatedly criticised DR Congo President Joseph Kabila and has signalled his support for opposition figure Moise Katumbi.
Relations between President Eduardo Dos Santos of Angola and President Kabila have cooled as the Congolese leader has signalled his reluctance to step down after 16 years in power.
Mr Dos Santos, who has been in power in oil-rich Angola since 1979, is not seeking re-election in the August poll.