Isabel dos Santos’ accounts frozen in Portugal

  • ECO News
  • 11 February 2020

Portugal has frozen the bank accounts of Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos.

Isabel dos Santos’ bank accounts in Portugal were frozen, according to Expresso newspaper. The order came from the Portuguese judicial authorities. The businesswoman was indicted in Angola for alleged mismanagement and embezzlement during her passage through Sonangol.

At the end of January, the Portuguese Attorney General’s Office (PGR) confirmed that it had received letters rogatory from the Angolan Prosecution Service for several “requests for international judicial cooperation in criminal matters” related to the Luanda Leaks case.

Luanda Leaks is an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) that revealed over 715,000 secret files detailing financial schemes of Isabel dos Santos and her husband, Sindika Dokolo, which allegedly allowed money to be taken from the Angolan public funds using tax havens.

The Jornal Económico reported that dozens of bank accounts of Isabel dos Santos, her companies, and her husband Sindika Dokolo, in Portuguese banks, had been frozen. Of those frozen, more than ten will be from EuroBic.