Angola vows to bring Isabel dos Santos back to the country by 'all possible means'

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 21, 2020, 12.22 PM(IST)

In this file photo taken on March 5, 2015 Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos attends an art exhibition in Porto, northern Portugal. Photograph:( AFP )

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Santos, the daughter of ex-Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, has been amassing wealth at the expense of her own country as per the confidential documents of her empire that have just been leaked.

Angola's prosecutor general Helder Pitra Gros on Tuesday said that the government will use all possible means to bring back Isabel dos Santos, who allegedly siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars of public money into offshore accounts.

Santos, the daughter of ex-Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, has been amassing wealth at the expense of her own country as per the confidential documents of her empire that have just been leaked.

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According to an investigation conducted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Isabel dos Santos, also called ''the princess'' in Angola, exploited her father's power to gather a whopping $2.2 billion.

Her father was the President of Angola for almost four decades.

Jose Eduardo dos Santos

Prosecutors last month froze the bank accounts and holdings owned by the businesswoman and her Congolese husband Sindika Dokolo, a move dos Santos described as motivated by a groundless political vendetta.

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At least 7,15,000 emails, contracts, accounts and audits of her business operations were leaked in an investigation called "Luanda leaks".

The expose revealed she had access to lucrative deals including land, diamonds, oil and telecom during her father's reign.

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Even her husband Sindika Dokolo, who is a businessman and an art collector was permitted to buy precious assets of the country which is rich in natural resources.

The documents suggest that an offshore network of 400 companies were connected to the couple and their associates and benefitted them immensely.

Both husband and wife have denied the accusations and claimed that the computer systems of the company were hacked and that they were a victim of the ''politically motivated witch hunt'' of the new President of Angola.

Dokolo called the government's action as ''armageddonn''. Jose Eduardo dos Santos denied any allegation of wrongdoing as well.

(With inputs from agencies)