Court rejects Isabel dos Santos' libel case against Ana Gomes

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 18-01-2020 14:00:00 · 0 Comments

The Court of Sintra rejected the libel lawsuit filed by Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos against former MEP Ana Gomes for alleged offences to her good name and reputation, revealed the Portuguese diplomat

On her official Twitter social network account, Ana Gomes said the Sintra court considered that "the right to freedom of expression and information of the defendant [Ana Gomes] should prevail over the rights of personality (reputation and good name) of the plaintiff (Isabel dos Santos).

In question was a publication of the former MEP on 14 October, reacting to an interview of the Angolan businesswoman to the Lusa agency: "Isabel dos Santos is very indebted because, in settling the debts, she launders as much as she wants! And the Bank of Portugal turns a blind eye...".

In an interview that same day, Isabel dos Santos told Lusa that she works with several banks and that she wasn't favoured because she was the daughter of the former President of Angola José Eduardo dos Santos.

"I have a lot of debts, I have a lot of financing to pay, interest rates are high, it's not always easy to be able to face all the financial part of the business, but we work for that", said the businesswoman in an interview in Cape Verde.

After the first 'post', Ana Gomes accused the businesswoman of using EuroBic (the bank of which she is a shareholder) to legalise her money.

On October 31st, EuroBic also announced that it would bring a lawsuit against the former MEP, who has accused figures linked to the Angolan regime of using Portugal to legalise money embezzled from Angola, particularly during the management of José Eduardo dos Santos.


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