Last week during a state visit by Germany’s Angela Merkel, Angolan President Joao Lourenco said his government was fighting to recover assets taken illegally from the country and had sought overseas assistance.

On Tuesday, Portugal acted on this appeal.

“The public prosecutor’s office requested the seizure of bank accounts as part of a request for international judicial cooperation by the Angolan authorities,” a spokeswoman for the Portuguese prosecutor’s office announced, according to local media reports.

Dos Santos was at the center of Luanda Leaks, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalist’s investigation into how a corrupt elite siphoned billions of dollars from one of the world’s poorest countries.


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