The International Criminal Police Organization, Interpol, issued an international arrest warrant on November 18 for the Angolan billionaire and daughter of former President José Eduardo dos Santos, who died in July, according to the agency. portuguese press Portuguese.
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According to the same source, citing an official document, the Interpol warrant was issued after the Angolan prosecutor’s office asked the agency to “locate, arrest” and extradite dos Santos.
Misappropriation of public funds
Interpol and the Crown did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reuters. Portugueseciting the same document, said Isabel dos Santos, 49, was wanted for various crimes, including alleged embezzlement, fraud, influence peddling and money laundering.
She has been the subject of corruption charges for years, including allegations in 2020 from Angola that she and her husband Sindika Dokolo, who died in October 2020, embezzled nearly $1 billion in public funds from companies in which they had acquired stakes under the presidency of his father, in particular the oil giant Sonangol.
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Isabel dos Santos, who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, immediately denied the existence of an arrest warrant against her. “Isabel dos Santos’ lawyers have consulted the Interpol database and found that there is currently no reference to the issuance of a mandate”, she said in a statement.
Although legal proceedings against her and against companies in which she has interests have been open in Portugal and Angola for almost three years, these have not yet given rise to an indictment, added the businesswoman, claiming to have always been available to the authorities to provide the necessary clarifications.
40 years in power
According to information from the agency Portuguesethe arrest warrant mentions that the businesswoman is often in Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.
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His father, José Eduardo dos Santos, died last July and ruled Angola for almost four decades, until 2017. His successor, João Lourenço, re-elected in August for a second term, launched a series of reforms promising in particular to put an end to corruption and the embezzlement of fonds publics.