Ex-first daughter of Angola Neto say no wrongdoing by husband in Swiss corruption probe
LONDON, Sept 3- The former first-daughter of Angola Irene Neto has denied any wrongdoing by her husband, a top figure in the oil industry who is the focus of a Swiss money-laundering probe and subject to one of the largest personal asset freezes in Swiss history. Prosecutors say Carlos Manuel de São Vicente’s monopoly over insurance and re-insurance for state…
By Noah Browning
LONDON, Sept 3 (Reuters) – The former first-daughter ofAngola Irene Neto has denied any wrongdoing by her husband, atop figure in the oil industry who is the focus of a Swissmoney-laundering probe and subject to one of the largestpersonal asset freezes in Swiss history.
Prosecutors say Carlos Manuel de São Vicente’s monopoly overinsurance and re-insurance for state oil giant Sonangol from2000 to 2016 culminated in huge bank transfers into accounts inhis own name, his companies, wife and family members, accordingto court documents seen by Reuters.
The Geneva-based law firm representing De São Vicente hastold Reuters he refutes the charges and had always actedaccording to the law.
His wife, Neto, reinforced that denial in a statement toReuters via the political foundation she heads.
Neto is the daughter of the Angola’s first president from1975 to 1979, Agostinho Neto, and was herself a former deputyminister from Angola’s ruling MPLA party. She is not accused ofany wrongdoing as part of the probe.
“Any allegation of a possible link between her late father’sposition and her husband’s activities is defamatory,” thestatement said.
“Mrs. Neto stresses that her husband at all times and in anycircumstances conducted his business according to the law andhas no doubt that justice will prove so.”
Angola is seeking to tackle a legacy of alleged corruptionwhich has dogged the nation as it seeks to attract foreigninvestment into its struggling economy.
(Reporting by Noah Browning;Editing by Alison Williams)
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