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Angola: Isabel dos Santos accuses President Lourenço of ‘carrying out a plot’ to seize her assets

By Estelle Maussion

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Posted on March 31, 2021 10:23

Firefox_Screenshot_2021-03-30T15-42-04.819Z © Isabel dos Santos in London, 9 January 2020. Toby Melville/REUTERS
Isabel dos Santos in London, 9 January 2020. Toby Melville/REUTERS

Tension between Isabel dos Santos and the Angolan presidency is intensifying. She has President João Lourenço of carrying out “a plot” to illegally seize her assets.

In a statement released on 29 March by a British public relations agency, dos Santos – who has been in difficulty ever since President Lourenço, came to power in 2017 – denounced a “government conspiracy” implemented by the current Angolan president to “illegally seize” her assets.

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In a dispute over telecoms operator Unitel, in which dos Santos and the Angolan state (via the oil company Sonangol) are shareholders, the eldest daughter of former President dos Santos says she has produced audio and video recordings in a London commercial court. These recordings prove the existence of a “formal working group at government level whose explicit purpose is to devise and coordinate a campaign to seize [her] assets.”

This evidence was collected by the controversial private intelligence firm Black Cube, which was founded by former Israeli Mossad

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