'I may run for Presidency of Angola' - Isabel dos Santos

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 16-01-2020 12:40:00 · 0 Comments

Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos has accused the President of Angola, João Lourenço, of instrumentalising justice in a personal and political persecution to neutralise her politically.

"We cannot use the supposed fight against corruption in a selective way to neutralize what we think may be future political opponents", said Isabel dos Santos, in an interview on Wednesday evening with RTP, reacting to the seizure of her assets by the Angolan judicial authorities.

Isabel dos Santos claims to be the target of a "political and personal persecution" by the judiciary, by indication of the current leadership of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).

The objective of the fight against corruption, announced by President João Lourenço, is to target "people who may enter the political field in the future and may represent some influence or popularity within the MPLA itself," said the businesswoman, who did not refuse political ambitions.

"I have a great sense of duty towards Angola. I will do everything I have to do to defend and provide the services to my land and to my country", she declared, admitting that "it is possible" to run for Presidency of the country.

"My father left a great political legacy in Angola. It is a legacy that I and many Angolans would like to see respected," she justified.

The businesswoman also said that she was waiting to be called by the Portuguese courts and the Bank of Portugal to clarify suspicions of money laundering that would be at the origin of the money that led to the purchase of BPN, today Eurobic.

"I want to believe that Portuguese justice is real justice and that it works, and that there is a rule of law in Portugal”.

Isabel dos Santos added that she is being persecuted for having been at the head of Angolan oil company Sonangol and for having tried to change the company's internal procedures, which "were very opaque", particularly on the issue of selling oil abroad, from the 'trading' office in London.

"There is no will to fight corruption," she said, commenting on the fact that Carlos Saturnino, the same manager who, according to Isabel dos Santos, was the person responsible for leaving Sonangol in bankruptcy, with debts of US$20 billion (€18 billion).

"Sonangol was a state within a state" and "all the boards of directors prior to mine were appointed by the former", creating an "opaque system" of account control.


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