'She Will Flee to Russia': Portugal Freezes Richest African Woman's Accounts

Lisbon freezes bank accounts of the former first daughter of Angola | News

Lisbon freezes bank accounts of the former first daughter of Angola | News

Portugal, in a sensational show of action, has ordered a freeze on bank accounts held in the country by Angola's billionaire former first daughter Isabel dos Santos, as the fraud case against her catches steam.

Dos Santos, who lives in London, says she's the victim of a politically motivated witch hunt.

Last month, Angola named dos Santos a formal suspect over allegations of mismanagement and misappropriation of funds during her time as chairwoman of state oil company Sonangol.

In a statement, Isabel dos Santos, days later, denied the accusations and considered them "unfounded", saying she was "comfortable" with the inquiry opened by the PGR.

"We confirm that the public prosecution service requested the seizure of bank accounts, as part of the request for global judicial cooperation from the Angolan authorities", the Portuguese prosecutor's office told news agency Lusa.

Although not yet a judicial case, Isabel dos Santos' name comes up again on the global media, now through "Luanda Leaks".

She has actually been arraigned by Angolan prosecutors for a host of high-level financial criminal offenses, consisting of money laundering and creating files.

Angola's attorney general, Helder Pitta Gros, visited Portugal, the former colonial ruler of the South African country, in January to seek help from the Portuguese authorities in the case.

Dos Santos and its associates have large stakes in several Portuguese companies, as well as bank accounts in the country.

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