Angola billionaire Isobel dos Santos wants assets unfrozen

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By BBC Africa

The billionaire daughter of Angola's former president is calling for her assets in the country and Portugal to be unfrozen.

Isabel dos Santos says there is evidence the state, the Luanda Civil Court and Supreme Court colluded against her using fabricated evidence.

She says this included a forged passport in her name bearing the signature of late martial arts expert Bruce Lee.

The courts have not commented.

Ms Dos Santos is reported to be Africa's richest woman, with a fortune of some $2bn (£1.6bn).

She was controversially appointed head of the state oil firm Sonangol in June 2016 by her father, former President José Eduardo dos Santos. She was sacked from the post in 2017 by her father's successor, President João Lourenço.

In January, prosecutors in Angola accused her, and her associates, of mismanaging and embezzling $1bn from Sonangol. Her assets in Angola and in Portugal were subsequently frozen.

Ms Dos Santos has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.

A photo has been circulated by Ms Dos Santos's PR team of the forged passport she says was used in court. The image has also been published on her Twitter account:

 

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