Portugal freezes Isabel dos Santos bank accounts

Portugal freezes Isabel dos Santos bank accounts

Portugal freezes Isabel dos Santos bank accounts

Global media outlets published an inquiry dubbed "Luanda Leaks" on 19 January claiming that Dos Santos fraudulently accumulated fortune estimated at $2.1 billion (€1.9 billion).

"The public prosecutor's office requested the seizure of bank accounts (belonging to Isabel dos Santos) as part of a request for global judicial cooperation by the Angolan authorities", a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said.

Global media outlets published an inquiry dubbed "Luanda Leaks" on 19 January claiming that Dos Santos fraudulently accumulated a fortune estimated at $2.1 billion (€1.9 billion).

She has denied the "unfounded allegations and false claims" and said she has taken steps "to act legally" against the outlets that published them.

In Angola, the businesswoman is being investigated for suspected mismanagement and tax evasion in the case related to the public oil company Sonangol, where she held the position of chairperson of the Board of Directors.

She was accused by Angolan prosecutors for a series of high-level financial crimes, including money laundering and forgery of documents.

Angola's Attorney General Of The United States Helder Pitta Gros checked out Portugal, the southern African nation's former colonial ruler, in January to look for the assistance of Portuguese authorities in the event.

The public prosecutor's office in Lisbon confirmed reports that dozens of personal and corporate accounts belonging to Isabel Dos Santos and her husband, Sindika Dokolo, were the subject of a seizure order.

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