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Interpol Issues Arrest Warrant For Once Africa’s Richest Woman, Isabel Dos Santos


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International police agency Interpol has issued an international arrest warrant against Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos, daughter of the country’s former president, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported on Friday.

According to Lusa, the Interpol order was issued, citing an official document, after prosecutors in Angola asked the agency to “locate, arrest and extradite dos Santos”.

Isabel Dos Santos
Isabel Dos Santos

Citing the same document, Lusa said dos Santos, 49, was wanted for a variety of offenses, including alleged embezzlement, fraud, influence-peddling, and money laundering.

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She has faced corruption allegations for years, including allegations from Angola in 2020 that she and her husband transferred $1 billion in state funds, during her father’s presidency, to companies she had an interest in, including oil giant Sonangol.

Although Isabel Dos Santos has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Interpol Issues Arrest Warrant For Once Africa’s Richest Woman, Isabel Dos Santos
Eduardo Dos Santos

According to Lusa, the arrest warrant states that the businesswoman was frequently in Portugal, Great Britain and the United Arab Emirates.

Dos Santos’ father, José Eduardo dos Santos, died in July of 2022 and ruled Angola for nearly four decades until 2017.


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