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Isabel dos Santos denies trying to evade the law in Angola


In an exclusive interview with DW, she said she was willing to face corruption charges related to the source of her personal wealth. “I’m not hiding. I’m on social media every day. My location and residence are known,” Dos Santos said. Interpol issued a warrant for her arrest last week at the request of the Angolan prosecutor’s office, LUSA reports. The report said Interpol ordered dos Santos to be found, arrested and extradited to face charges in Angola. The charges against the dos Santos include embezzlement, fraud, influence peddling and money laundering. The 49-year-old billionaire businesswoman is the eldest child of the country’s former president, Eduardo dos Santos. Dos Santos was once considered the richest woman in Africa, with a fortune estimated at more than $2 billion. Angolan judicial authorities launched an investigation into the dos Santos clan following the resignation of Eduardo dos Santos in 2017. Among the charges leveled against Isabel dos Santos is the embezzlement of more than $200 million in public funds while she was head of the state oil company Sonangol. In 2020, more than 715,000 emails, contracts and memos were released as part of the so-called Luanda Leaks by the New York-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The documents revealed the conflict of interest and nepotism of the former presidential family of Angola.

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