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"The Angolan state will never succeed in arresting Isabel dos Santos," says businesswoman's lawyer

The defense of Isabel dos Santos says it is convinced that the Angolan state "will never succeed in arresting" the businesswoman and says that "no one in full possession of their faculties" and with "notion that there are no objective conditions for an impartial justice" should put themselves "in the lion's cage".


In an interview to Portuguese SIC television, Isabel dos Santos' lawyer, Sérgio Raimundo, recalled that Isabel dos Santos also has Russian citizenship and that in "the last instance" she will go to Russia.

"It is not intelligent for the Angolan State to insist on this path because I almost affirm with peremptoriness that the Angolan State will never succeed in arresting the engineer Isabel dos Santos, because we must not forget that she is not only Angolan, she is also a Russian citizen. Ultimately she will go to Russia, who will extradite her from Russia?", questioned the lawyer, in response to SIC on whether there is fear that an international arrest warrant will be issued.

The last time the engineer was called to present herself in Angola was last February. The lawyer explained that the daughter of former President, José Eduardo dos Santos, did not refuse to appear and explained that Isabel dos Santos had just lost her husband and the borders had been closed: "She did not refuse, we justified the impossibility of her being here because she had just lost her husband, it was precisely at that stage of the invitation that England closed the borders and there was no connection with Angola.

However, SIC advances that even if Isabel dos Santos is notified again, she will not fly to Angola. "It is obvious that no one in full possession of his faculties, who is aware and conscious that there are no objective conditions for an impartial justice will put himself in the lion's cage," said Sérgio Raimundo.

The daughter of José Eduardo dos Santos, says she is available to negotiate to reach an agreement and solve the problems. In the interview, the lawyer explained that the businesswoman did not advance "any idea" about the agreement itself, but wanted to sit down with the representatives of the State to, first, hear what they have as proof.

Then, once confirmed, they would try to find "the best ways to resolve the situation," he added.