Isabel dos Santos denies lawsuit against Angolan president

Isabel dos Santos denies lawsuit against Angolan president

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The Angolan businesswoman took to Twitter to deny that she has filed a lawsuit against Angola's President João Lourenço. The alleged lawsuit involves the Barra do Dande Port concession.

"The news article [on newspaper Expresso] does not correspond to the truth: Isabel dos Santos did not file any lawsuit against His Excellency the President of Angola João Lourenço, nor against any natural person, in connection with the Barra do Dande Port concession," the businesswoman said on Twitter. The alleged lawsuit was supposed to challenge the cancelation of the Barra do Dande Port concession.

Isabel dos Santos reiterated the denial a few minutes later in a press release sent to news agency Lusa in Luanda, in which she explained that "Atlantic Ventures, as the procuring entity for the aforementioned concession, has requested an arbitration proceeding and asked the Angolan State to conduct a judicial assessment of the administrative act by which the concession was revoked, pursuant to Angolan law."

This afternoon, the Portuguese newspaper Expresso reported that the Angolan businesswoman filed a lawsuit to challenge the cancelation of the contract for the construction of the new Barra do Dande Port, valued at $1,500 million (€1,282 million).

According to Expresso, citing a "long-standing collaborator" of José Eduardo dos Santos (former Angolan President and Isabel dos Santos' father), the businesswoman believes that "her interests were harmed" and it was therefore "predictable that she would react."

Earlier this evening, following a 'tweet' in which Isabel dos Santos said that the news article published on Expresso "does not correspond to the truth," the Portuguese newspaper claimed once again that Atlantic Ventures - a company owned by Isabel dos Santos - has filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court requesting from the Angolan authorities "the cancellation, decreed by João Lourenço, of the construction rights for the new Barra do Dande Port."

Citing a juridical formula, Expresso reported that "a civil suit against the Angolan State was filed in the Supreme Court."

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