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The global hunt for the Dos Santos family assets
José Eduardo dos Santos, his wife Ana Paula dos Santos, and in the background his daughter Isabel dos Santos with her husband Sindika Dokolo in August 2012. © Paulo Novais/EPA/MaxPPP

The global hunt for the Dos Santos family assets

Following a large number of legal proceeding filed against the family of Angola's former president José Eduardo dos Santos, the government of president João Lourenço has asked a dozen countries to freeze the assets of the Dos Santos family, in particular those of the former president's daughter Isabel dos Santos. Many of these countries see this request as a golden opportunity to forge closer ties with Angola.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES ANGOLA Diplomacy 02/04/2021
Isabel dos Santos is the eldest daughter of former Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled the country from 1979 to 2017.
Isabel dos Santos is the eldest daughter of former Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled the country from 1979 to 2017. © REUTERS/Toby Melville

Dos Santos probe seals MBZ-Lourenço pact 

The UAE usually ignores foreign requests for judicial cooperation regarding its offshore hubs but has bent over backwards to accommodate Angola's investigations into the family of former president José Eduardo dos Santos. By doing so, the Emirates are not only forging stronger ties with Luanda but also earning money-laundering brownie points. [...]

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