Interpol warrant for Isabel dos Santos
Interpol has issued an international arrest warrant for the extradition for Angolan tycoon Isabel dos Santos.
It has done so at the request of the Procurator General of Angola according to the news agency Lusa.
An official source for the entrepreneur said that her lawyers had consulted Interpol’s data base and there was no reference to an international arrest warrant.
In the document, issued on 3 November, the Angolan authorities have requested that Isabel dos Santos be “located and arrested with a view to extradition”.
The same document says the warrant has been issued on suspicions of “crimes of embezzlement, fraud, illicit business deals, criminal association, traffic of influence, and money laundering with a maximum term of 12 years in prison.
The international arrest warrant mentions that the entrepreneur usually resides in Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.
According to the warrant, between 2015 and 2017, the entrepreneur crated financial mechanisms “with the intention of making illicit financial gains and suspicious criminal money laundering operations”, using “information about Angola State public monies” that she laid hands on as a director of the State petroleum company Sonangol.
According to the mandate, Isabel dos Santos will have lost the Angolan State over €200 million, committed embezzlement, qualified fraud, illegal participation in business and capital laundering.