Angola’s Attorney General Helder Pitta Gros on Thursday said Luanda, working with Portugal, was mulling the possibility of issuing an arrest warrant against Isabela Dos Santos.
“We are working in cooperation with the Portuguese authorities. And if the need arises… to get to that point, we will see how to proceed,” Helder Pitta Gros said in response to questions at a press conference in the capital Luanda.
“These are procedural issues, (and) as you can imagine I cannot say more about a process that is under way. We are working on it,” he added.
Forbes inscribed Dos Santos, 47, wealthiest woman in Africa, is accused of diverting billions of dollars from state companies during her father Jose Eduardo dos Santos’s near four-decade rule of the oil-rich African nation.
Isabel Dos Santos took to her Facebook page on Friday, to stress her “readiness to cooperate” with the Angolan and Portuguese courts through her lawyers.
Her lawyers also said She(Dos Santos) has not received any specific request in the case.
“So the intention by the attorney general’s office to issue an international arrest warrant is manifestly unjustified,” she said in the post.
Isabel lawyers strongly refuted the allegations, describing them as “a coordinated political attacks” devised by the Angolan government through the AG’s office.
In December last Year, a civil court in Luanda issued a “preventative” order to freeze her business assets as part of a crackdown on graft by the former president’s successor, Joao Lourenco.
In November 2019, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) also accused her of looting state coffers after a trove of more than 700,000 leaked documents were analyzed.
Subsequently, Portugal froze her assets in that country, where she has invested mainly in banking and telecommunications
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