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Portugal: After the Freezing of Her Assets, Isabel Dos Santos Faces Prison

Obviously, the noose tightens a little more around Isabel Dos Santos the daughter of the former Angolan president, José Eduardo dos Santos. After being accused by the Angolan justice of ” embezzlement, money laundering, abuse of social goods and trading in influence “, the Portuguese justice, ordered the freezing of its bank accounts. To this end, 12 of her accounts were frozen in Portugal, after the freezing of those she had in her country.

The freeze also concerns the assets of her husband, Sindika Dokolo, an art collector referenced in the gemstone market.


It was on Tuesday February 11 that this decision by the Portuguese justice was announced after an insistent request of the Attorney General of Angola, Helder Pitta Gros and following a visit by the Angolan President, Joao Lourenco, to Germany. The Angolan head of state had reiterated to Chancellor Angela Merkel his country’s will to recover its assets transferred illegally.

For the prosecutor, it was necessary to freeze the investments of Isabel Dos Santos in Portugal because coming from “diverted funds”. The daughter of the former Angolan president was involved in a vast corruption scandal when she ran Sonangol. It would have ” siphoned off the Angolan economy and fraudulently accumulated a fortune estimated at 2.1 billion dollars “.

These are the quasi-conclusions of the “Luanda leaks” investigation coordinated by an international consortium of investigative journalists (ICIJ) published on January 19.

According to revelations from the Portuguese media, the Portuguese bank EuroBic, of which it is the main shareholder, indicated that ” the business woman was going to sell her shares, it is through this bank that she would have transferred funds of dubious origin in Portugal “.

In addition, the Portuguese police announced a few days ago ” the suicide death of a Portuguese banker targeted by the Angolan justice who happens to be the account manager of Isabel Dos Santos for EuroBic … “.

The one who now lives in exile between London and Dubai since the implosion of the Dos Santos galaxy risks for all counts, up to 30 years in prison in her country.


Written by How Africa

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