The government of Angola has hired a law firm to represent its interests and those of the widow of the former President José Eduardo dos Santos, Ana Paula dos Santos, amid a row within the family on the late leader’s burial.

The older children of the former president want to have custody of the body and hold a burial in Spain, while the widow and younger children want his body returned to Angola.

Jose dos Santos died on 8 July at a hospital in Barcelona, Spain, after running Angola for 38 years until his retirement in 2017.

A Spanish court is set to rule on the custody of the body by the end of this week.