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Isabel dos Santos denies being the target of “pressure policies”

Businesswoman Isabel dos Santos said that the book by former governor of the Bank of Portugal Carlos Costa “tells an untruth”.


"The Portuguese state has never intervened in my favor or exerted any kind of pressure on my investments," said the daughter of former president José Eduardo dos Santos, in an interview with the German media outlet Deutsche Well.

"My investments have always been private and have nothing to do with political interventions by the Portuguese State", she said.

According to the businesswoman, the book by former governor of the Bank of Portugal Carlos Costa has "an untruth".

"This book by the governor of the Bank of Portugal tells an untruth", stressed Isabel dos Santos, adding that she met with Carlos Costa "a couple of times".

"The matters dealt with had to do with the bank's management and investments and were not about political or other pressures," she said.

Recently, Carlos Costa, in the book "O Governador", accused the prime minister of political meddling with the banking supervisor in the case of Isabel dos Santos, arguing that he confirms this in the written message he sent him.

"This week, on the same day that he announced a lawsuit, the Prime Minister sent me a written message in which he acknowledged that he had contacted me to convey to me the inappropriateness of the removal of engineer Isabel dos Santos. prime minister to confirm the attempt to interfere by political power with the Bank of Portugal", said Mário Centeno's predecessor.

The book "O Governador" results from a set of interviews by the journalist of the Observer Luís Rosa to Carlos Costa, who led Banco de Portugal between 2010 and 2020, and has caused controversy.

The Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, has already stated that he will sue the former governor of the Bank of Portugal for insulting his honor, after, in the book, Mário Centeno's predecessor reported that he was pressured by the head of the Government not to withdraw Isabel dos Santos from EuroBIC.


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