The Angolan authorities have asked Interpol for help to track down Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s former president, who was once considered Africa’s richest woman. An effort to arrest her comes after years of investigations into the enormous fortune she amassed while her father, José Eduardo dos Santos held office. He died in July.
The authorities have said they plan to charge her with economic crimes linked to her tenure as the head of the state-owned oil company. With a net worth once estimated at $3.5 billion, dos Santos became the face of corruption in Angola after her father stepped down in 2017.
The Angolan authorities say letters sent to her homes in the Netherlands, Britain and the United Arab Emirates have all gone unanswered. “My address is known, my whereabouts are known,” dos Santos told The Times this month. She labeled the investigation “political persecution” and accused the Angolan courts of bias.
“I’m not a fugitive,” said dos Santos, who regularly posts on Instagram. “I’m not hiding from anyone.” Many of her assets across the world, including those in Portugal and the Netherlands, have been frozen because of the corruption accusations hanging over her.
-The New York Times