Judge Mirjam van Walraven rejected all these allegations, considering that the Dutch newspaper made all references appropriately based on documents from Luanda Leaks.
A Dutch court has rejected a manager’s action against journalists for news relating her to Isabel dos Santos in Luanda Leaks, reports the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on Tuesday.
The consortium that denounced Luanda Leaks said a civil court in Amsterdam rejected United International Management’s allegations that the local newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad incorrectly characterised the company’s relationship with Isabel dos Santos and her husband, Sindika Dokolo.
United International Management claimed that that publication wrongly suggested in an article that the manager had severed ties with companies related to the Angolan businesswoman under pressure from Dutch regulators.
Judge Mirjam van Walraven rejected all these allegations, considering the Dutch newspaper made all references appropriately based on documents from Luanda Leaks. She also ruled out that the one-month deadline for waiting for answers to questions sent to the consultant was unfair.
Between 2013 and 2016, United International Management provided services to several companies owned by Isabel dos Santos and her husband.
United International Management is just one of several companies that saw its name associated with Luanda Leaks. Several companies have also sought to distance themselves from the relationship with Isabel dos Santos and remove names related to the scandal from their management. The hasty sale of Eurobic – where Isabel dos Santos held a 42.5% position – to Abanca was just one such case, or the removal of two non-executive directors and the chairman of Nos.