Featured Portugal

Angola’s dos Santos wants graft case dropped, cites documents she calls forged

Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos called on Tuesday for a corruption case against her to be dropped, accusing Angolan authorities of using forged documents including a bogus passport to get courts to seize her assets. Angolan authorities seized the accounts of dos Santos and her husband Sindika Dokolo late last… Read More

How Angolan Elites Built a Private Banking Network to Move Their Riches Into the European Union

By Khadija Sharife and Mark Anderson, OCCRP, 13 April 2020 OCCRP — A group of Angolan government officials and senior bank executives funnelled hundreds of millions of dollars out of the country with little oversight, creating their own private banking network through which they sent the money to Portugal and… Read More

Luanda Leaks sealed new Cape Verde banking law, minister says

Cape Verde will close banks that serve only foreign customers, including one partly owned by Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos, following Luanda Leaks revelations, the country’s finance minister has pledged. Olavo Correia, who is also the Macaronesian nation’s deputy prime minister, said new laws to shutter so-called “offshore” banks that… Read More
18th March 2020
Portugal’s so-called ‘super judge’ Carlos Alexandre has ordered the seizure of all Angolan billionaire businesswoman Isabel dos Santos’ assets in the country, including lucrative stakes in various companies and luxury properties. Alexandre, a high-profile judge specializing in white-collar crime, made the order in Lisbon’s Central Court for Criminal… Read More
11th March 2020
By Will Neal OCCRP — Investigators in more than 15 countries have seized almost 36 million units of medical drugs in a coordinated sting on European groups trafficking black market and counterfeit medications. Operation Misused Medicines (MisMed), backed by Europol and now in its third phase, took place between… Read More
5th March 2020
Portugal will likely freeze proceeds from the expected sale of Isabel dos Santos’ 42.5% stake in EuroBic, worth around $200 million, the country’s central bank governor Carlos Costa told a parliamentary committee on Wednesday. “The judicial authorities will want to preserve the value associated with this deal. This… Read More
5th March 2020
The Portuguese attorney’s office has confirmed it conducted dozens of searches on Wednesday in connection withits investigation into tax evasion and money laundering at some of the country’s biggest clubs, as well as the super-agent Jorge Mendes. The latest stage of Operation Fora de Jogo (Operation Offside) involved almost 300… Read More
27th February 2020
A court found a Swiss-Brazilian man guilty on Wednesday of complicity in bribery and money laundering, marking Switzerland’s first conviction related to a probe into Brazilian state oil firm Petrobras. The court said the case related to payments worth more than $35 million made between 2007 and 2014 via mediators… Read More
27th February 2020
In the dry, warm Angolan autumn of 2014, billionaire Isabel dos Santos and her husband, Sindika Dokolo, dreamed of beer. Lots and lots of beer. Dos Santos, the Angolan president’s favorite daughter, had long pined for a brewery of her own to break into the southern African country’s lucrative drinks… Read More
26th February 2020
As scrutiny of her business empire increased, African billionaire Isabel dos Santos turned to one of the world’s most secretive tax havens to conceal a $1.8 million luxury apartment in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. The haven in question? The United States. Dos Santos and her husband owned the apartment through… Read More
13th February 2020
The European Commission has sent legal warnings to Cyprus, Portugal, the Netherlands and five other EU states over their delays in applying new anti-money laundering rules adopted at European Union level two years ago. The 27 EU states were required to enact by January tighter rules to counter dirty-money risks… Read More
28th January 2020
A professional soccer whistleblower has been named as the source behind a global exposé of the siphoning of Angolan wealth by Africa’s richest woman and her family. Led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, Luanda Leaks reveals how Isabel dos Santos, amassed a fortune of more than $2… Read More
24th January 2020
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