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Isabel dos Santos Facing Fraud Charges; Banker’s Death Linked to Investigation

Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman, is set to be indicted on charges including money laundering, influence peddling and forgery. The forthcoming charges were announced by Angola’s prosecutor general Hélder Pitra Grós at a news conference on Jan. 22. They came less than a week after a sweeping international investigation… Read More

Luanda Leaks: Isabel dos Santos ‘named as suspect in criminal investigation’

Africa’s richest woman, Angola’s Isabel dos Santos, has been named as a formal suspect in a criminal investigation, the country’s attorney general is reported to have announced. Dos Santos amassed a fortune estimated at $2.2bn (£1.7bn) while her father, José Eduardo dos Santos, was president of Angola. She is… Read More

Ex-Portuguese minister named in €35 million corruption probe involving Venezuelan funds

Former Socialist minister António Vitorino – once tipped as a contender for party leader – is being cited by Spanish prosecutors over a “scheme of corruption and money laundering” involving more than €35 million in Venezuelan funds. Vitorino has denied the allegations, saying they are “absolutely false”. The story is… Read More
17th January 2020
Portugal’s central bank is carrying out an inspection of small local lender Eurobic, in which Angolan billionaire and former first daughter Isabel dos Santos is the main shareholder, to assess its procedures against money laundering, Eurobic said. Responding to questions from Reuters, the unlisted bank said on Thursday it was… Read More
2nd January 2020
Angola has frozen the assets of Isabel dos Santos, the billionaire daughter of the country’s previous leader, in a sign that President João Lourenço is taking a tougher line against the former first family. Since ending José Eduardo dos Santos’ nearly 40-year grip on power in 2017, Lourenço has been… Read More
30th December 2019
A group of international investors managing trillions of dollars in assets has filed what it says is the first in a series of lawsuits against Danske Bank in connection with the money laundering scandal engulfing Denmark’s largest lender. The writ, which was filed on Friday in the District Court… Read More
23rd October 2019
Switzerland has pressed charges against a person in a corruption probe of Brazilian state oil company Petrobras (PETR4.SA) and construction firm Odebrecht, the attorney general’s office said, adding it was seeking to conclude the case quickly. Prosecutors in Bern on Tuesday said they suspect the person, acting as… Read More
22nd October 2019
Ana Guerreiro points across the street at a handful of housing projects in Lisbon’s up-and-coming riverside neighbourhood of Marvila. It’s where she moved in with her mother last year after soaring rents meant she could no longer afford to live alone. “Prices have gone through the roof here,” said Guerreiro, 33, stepping outside the cafe… Read More
17th September 2019
The former president of a unit of Petroleos de Venezuela SA and two European wealth managers were charged with money laundering as a U.S. probe into a $1 billion bribery scheme expands. The three charged are Javier Alvarado Ochoa, a Venezuelan citizen and former president of PDVSA purchasing… Read More
13th August 2019
Inquiries from Hongkongers about property in Portugal, the homeland of football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, have seen an upswing in recent months as wealthy residents and investors clamour for an alternative residency amid escalating political tensions in the city, analysts said. Since its unveiling in 2012, Lisbon’s golden visa scheme has… Read More
7th February 2019
Former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has accepted a one-year prison sentence for defrauding the Spanish state of 3.3 million euros (2.8 million pounds), a Spanish court filing showed on Tuesday, although the Portuguese will not serve any jail time. The filing said the tax ministry and Mourinho’s defence team… Read More
23rd January 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly accepted a €18.8m fine and 23-month jail term over tax evasion charges in Spain. The award-winning football player is alleged to have avoided paying tax between 2010 and 2014, in a case centred around image rights deals. Ronaldo is reported to have acknowledged incidents amounting to… Read More
21st January 2019
A Portuguese man arrested in Hungary on suspicion of extortion and secrecy violations hacked football bodies’ documents – which later appeared on the Football Leaks website – because he was “outraged” by criminality in the sport, his lawyers said. The man, named by his lawyers as 30-year-old Rui Pinto, was… Read More