Body of Angolan warlord Jonas Savimbi to be exhumed

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(FILES)In this file picture taken on December 11, 1985 Angolan rebel chief Jonas Savimbi addresses soldiers in Jamba. The family of slain Angolan rebel chief Jonas Savimbi are suing the makers of the popular video game "Call of Duty" for representing his character as a "barbarian", their lawyer said on January 14, 2016. Three of Savimbi's children, who live in the Paris region, are seeking one million euros in damages from the French branch of game publisher Activision Blizzard. / AFP / Trevor Samson (Photo credit should read TREVOR SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES)In this file picture taken on December 11, 1985 Angolan rebel chief Jonas Savimbi addresses soldiers in Jamba.
The family of slain Angolan rebel chief Jonas Savimbi are suing the makers of the popular video game “Call of Duty” for representing his character as a “barbarian”, their lawyer said on January 14, 2016. Three of Savimbi’s children, who live in the Paris region, are seeking one million euros in damages from the French branch of game publisher Activision Blizzard. / AFP / Trevor Samson (Photo credit should read TREVOR SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

The body of Jonas Savimbi, the historical leader of the Angolan rebellion group National Union for the Total Independence of Angola Unita, is to be exhumed and reburied with dignity.

Isaias Samakuva, leader of the UNITA said he has “received guarantees” from President Joao Lourenço that “the remains” of Savimbi “would be returned before the end of the year”.

A charismatic and controversial warlord, Savimbi was killed in battle with Angolan government forces in February 2002.

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