Angolan court raises bank accounts and holdings of Isabel dos Santos

The judicial decision, requested by the Angolan State, to which Jornal Económico had access, indicates that the non-return of a financing that Sonangol had constituted to pay Exem's entry - whose beneficiaries are the businesswoman and her husband - is involved in a company. controlled by the Amorim Group and thus, indirectly, in the Portuguese company Galp Energia.

A justiça angolana vai arrestar bens de Isabel dos Santos, incluindo contas bancárias e participações em várias empresas angolanas. A decisão judicial, pedida pelo Estado angolano, a que o Jornal Económico teve acesso indica que está em causa a não devolução de um financiamento que a Sonangol tinha constituído para pagar a entrada da Exem — cujos beneficiários são a empresária e o marido — numa sociedade controlada pelo Grupo Amorim e dessa forma, indiretamente, na portuguesa Galp Energia.

“O Estado Angolano, neste ato representado pelo Ministério Público junto do Serviço Nacional de Recuperação de Activos, veio requerer a providência cautelar de arresto contra Isabel José dos Santos e seu esposo Sindika Dokolo”, refere o despacho de sentença emitido pelo Tribunal Provincial de Luanda e assinado a 23 de dezembro.

The seizure covers bank accounts at BFA, BIC and BAI and BE, 25% interest in Banco Internacional de Crédito, through SAR- Sociedade de Participações Financeiras, 17% of BIC through Finisantoro Holding, 51% of Banco de Fomento Angola through Unitel, 25% from Unitel, 99,5% from ZAP Midia through Finstar, 100% from Finstar, in Cimangola, 97% from Condis Sociedade de Distribuição de Angola, among others.

According to the reasoning of the Angolan State, a contract was signed, through the state-owned companies SODIAM and Sonangol, to create Esperaza Holding, which is 60% owned by Sonangol and 40% Exem Energy BV (in the Netherlands), of whom not only Isabel dos Santos is the beneficiary. but also her husband Sindika Dokolo and Portuguese Mario Leite da Silva.

“For the realization of this deal, the Angolan State, through Sonangol, entered into 100% of the capital, corresponding to 193.465.406,23 euros, having lent to Exem Energy BV 75.075.880,00 euros, values ​​not returned until now data ”, according to a statement from the Attorney General's Office of the Republic of Angola, to which the JE also had access.

According to the Angolan PGR "there was an attempt to pay the debt by the defendants [dos Santos, Dokolo and Leite da Silva] in kwanzas, a fact that was rejected because the debt was contracted in euros".

In addition to this amount, there was another loan from the Angolan State to invest in the Swiss company De Grisogono, in the amount of US $ 146.264.434,00, through BIC. The three entrepreneurs formed the Victória Holding tax company, held in equal parts by Exem and SODIAM.

“Com a realização destes negócios, o Estado angolano teve um prejuízo de 1.136.996.825,56 dólares”, acrescenta a fundamentação. É com base nesta perda que o Tribunal Provincial de Luanda decretou o arresto.

O Tribunal Provincial de Luanda explicou que “para garantir o normal funcionamento das empresas cujas participações sociais foram arrestadas, a pedido da Procuradoria-Geral da República, o Tribunal indicou como fiéis depositários os próprios Conselhos de Administração e o Banco Nacional de Angola”.

Adiantou que “importa realçar que a presente providência cautelar não afeta os postos de trabalhos das empresas supra referidas nem os compromissos por elas assumidos, pois visa apenas acautelar o cumprimento de uma obrigação”.

“Ocultar o património”, alega o Estado angolano

Isabel dos Santos is the daughter of former Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos. The businesswoman, who has stakes in Portugal in telecom NOS and Efacec, chaired Sonangol between June 2016 and November 2017, when she was exonerated by João Lourenço, president of the country since August 2017.

In the order of the Luanda Provincial Court, it is read that Isabel dos Santos and Sindika Dokolo are absent from Angola and reside between Lisbon and the United Kingdom.

O Estado angolano alega na fundamentação que “os requeridos estão a ocultar o património obtido às custas do Estado, transferindo-os para outras entidades”.

Alega ainda que “a requerida Isabel dos Santos, por intermédio do seu sócio Leopoldino Fragoso do Nascimento, está a tentar transferir alguns dos seus negócios para a Rússia, tendo a Polícia Judiciária Portuguesa interceptado uma transferência no valor de 10 milhões de euros que se destinava à Russia.

The court's decision adds that in relation to the bank balances forfeited, loyal depositaries of these accounts are appointed the banking financial institutions in which they are domiciled, and a debit block must be made, preventing the withdrawal of any monetary amount from these accounts.

“Ainda relativamente as contas bancárias, fica igualmente constituído fiel depositário dos saldos existentes nas contas arrestadas, o Banco Nacional de Angola na qualidade de Entidade Reguladora de todas as instituições financeiras bancárias, devendo fiscalizar a atuação dos bancos BIC, BAI, BFA e BE relativamente ao arresto, impedindo qualquer transferência de valores a partir destas contas seja qual for o motivo”, acrescenta.

With regard to social participation, faithful depositary nominees are the Boards of Directors of each aforementioned company / company, which are prohibited from proceeding with any assignment or other business on the shareholdings to be held and also prohibited from proceeding with the delivery of profits to the defendants directly or through third parties or third parties in which they are beneficiaries, and must retain these profits until the court decides.

“Fica igualmente notificado o Banco Nacional de Angola para não emitir qualquer LEC – Licença de Exportação de Capital a favor ou a pedido de qualquer das empresas aqui referidas e dar a conhecer imediatamente ao tribunal qualquer tentativa de realização das operações aqui citadas”, conclui o despacho.

[News updated at 20:48 pm]

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