September 9, 2022 at 11:38 am
According to the Citius portal, the process that was filed on Wednesday, September 7, was distributed today at the Central Civil Court of Lisbon and has a value of around 3.297 million euros.
In July of this year, BCP and Novo Banco had joined in an action against Isabel dos Santos and two of her companies – Santoro Financial Holding and Finisantoro Holding Limited – a case that is running in the same court and which has a value of 17,414 millions of euros.
A year earlier, in July 2021, Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD), BCP and Novo Banco filed a €26.9 million lawsuit against the Angolan businesswoman, also in the Lisbon Central Civil Court.
This last case has as defendants Isabel dos Santos, Kento Holding Limited, based in Malta, and Unitel International Holdings BV, based in the Netherlands, the companies that participate in Zopt, the company that represents the partnership between the businesswoman and Sonae at NOS.
The two companies in question hold the indirect stakes of Isabel dos Santos in NOS, which are being arrested.
Counting only these three cases, the bank has lawsuits in court against the Angolan businesswoman in the amount of almost 50 million euros.
This process is joined by other court actions involving the bank and the businesswoman, involved in the Luanda Leaks scandal, which led to the seizure or loss of stakes in several national companies, such as Efacec, which was nationalized and is in the process of being reprivatized, with the sale of the State’s public participation to the DST group.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ) revealed in January 2020 more than 715,000 files, under the name of Luanda Leaks, which detail alleged financial schemes by Isabel dos Santos and her husband, Sindika Dokolo, who has since died. have allowed money to be withdrawn from the Angolan public treasury through tax havens.
At the end of 2020, CGD, BCP and Novo Banco had already joined in a process concerning the companies Winterfell and Winterfell 2, which hold the businesswoman’s stake in Efacec.
There are also individual CGD shares and a joint one between BCP and Novo Banco, according to the newspaper Expresso.