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Angolan PGR assumes difficulties in notifying Isabel dos Santos

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“Em Luanda has already been notified in the possible places where it could be contacted and there was no response “, said Bright Pitta Thick, at a press conference today in Luanda.

“At this moment we do not know where your home will be, neither professional nor where you live, and this has made it difficult to notify,” he said.

THE PGR he said that attempts were also made with his companies and that the same was requested from Portugal, without success, so the issue of a warrant “is an open hypothesis”.

Second Pitta Thick this is a means of “getting a citizen to come to justice to answer” in a given case.

“What we intend is for her to present herself to justice in order to be able to respond to the charges against her”, which does not mean that the businesswoman, daughter of former Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos, is being held, he explained.

“The first objective is to make him appear to justice “, reiterated the PGR, adding that there were other cases of citizens who were detained to be interrogated and heard and were released, awaiting the progress of the process.

Asked when the Attorney General’s Office will stop trying to notify Isabel dos Santos, opting to issue an arrest warrant, Bright Pitta Thick replied that they are going to “check when the time is right”.

The attorney general further stressed that the intention to recover all active that have been diverted from the public purse is “a permanent concern”, so the Angolan authorities have resorted to international cooperation.

Isabel dos Santos is targeted, in Angola, in criminal and civil cases in which the Angolan State claims more than five billion dollars (4.4 billion euros).

The criminal proceeding started with a complaint from his successor at the head of the state oil company Sonangol, Carlos Saturninoon money transfers allegedly during the administration of Isabel dos Santos.

In addition to the daughter of the former Angolan President, Series It didn’t, former financial administrator of Sonangol, Mário Leite da Silva, manager of Isabel dos Santos, and chairman of the board of directors of BFA, Paula Oliveira, friend of Isabel dos Santos and administrator of NOS, and Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha, account manager of Isabel dos Santos at Eurobic, who died in janeiro.

The businesswoman also saw her bank accounts and shareholdings being forfeited in Portugal and Angola.

Isabel dos Santos has always affirmed her innocence, accusing the Angolan justice of forging evidence, and says she is a victim of political persecution.

In janeiro, the International Investigative Journalism Consortium also revealed more than 715 thousand files, under the name ‘Luanda Leaks’, detailing alleged financial schemes by Isabel dos Santos and her husband, which will have allowed them to withdraw money from the Angolan public purse through tax heavens.

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