Africa’s richest woman Isabel dos Santos’ assets frozen by Angola

“The state through its companies Sodiam (a diamond marketing firm) and Sonangol transferred enormous quantities of foreign currency to companies abroad whose beneficiaries are the defendants, without receiving the agreed return,” the court said. “The defendants recognize the existence of the debt but allege that they do not have the means to pay.”

Reuters quoted Mr. Dokolo as saying that the Angolan government was pushing for a freeze on his and his wife’s international assets as well.

He said Mr. Lourenço’s government was trying to portray him and his wife as criminals without proper evidence. Reuters said it was unable to reach Mr. da Silva, and Banco de Fomento Angola did not answer calls seeking comment.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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