The husband of the richest woman in Africa was killed in a diving accident off the coast of Dubai after getting into trouble.
Sindika Dokolo, 48, married Isabel dos Santos in 2002 after they met as students at King’s College London. Their marriage in Angola – where 70 percent of the population lives below the breadline – cost £ 2.5 million.
The Congolese businessman and art collector was a skilled driver, but could not be revived after running into trouble on Thursday. The times reported.
Cedric Mala, a friend, told the newspaper: “Unfortunately, the last outing was fatal. The doctors tried to resuscitate him without success. ‘
Sindika Dokolo (right), 48, married Isabel dos Santos (left) in 2002 after they met as students at King’s College London. Their marriage in Angola – where 70 percent of the population lives below the breadline – cost £ 2.5 million
Nicole Scherzinger, Mr Dokolo and Ms dos Santos attend the de Grisogono party during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Villa des Oliviers on May 15, 2018
Ms. dos Santos posted a photo with her husband and one of their three children on the day of his death. It was captioned: ‘My love …’
According to his family, art was Mr. Dokolo’s passion. He was the son of the founder of the Bank of Kinshasa of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Mr. Dokolo collected more than 5,000 works by contemporary African artists and wanted to help bring African art and artifacts back to museums on the continent.
Earlier this year, Ms. dos Santos was accused of siphoning millions of dollars in government money from diamond, oil and telecom deals during her father Jose’s 38-year rule as president of Angola.
Ms. dos Santos, who has 223,000 Instagram followers and socializes with celebrities like Rita Ora and Nicole Scherzinger, alleged that prosecutors used untrustworthy emails and a fake passport from an internet con artist to prove her wrongdoing.
The Congolese businessman and art collector (pictured with his wife) was an accomplished driver but couldn’t be revived after running into trouble on Thursday, The Times reported
Mrs. dos Santos with Amber Heard (left) and Cara Delevingne (right) in Cannes in May 2014
In addition to the late 1970s martial artist’s signature instead of hers, the passport showed two different serial numbers, the wrong date of birth and information in English when Angolan documents are in Portuguese, she said.
Ms. dos Santos insisted that she is innocent, claiming that her fortune was ‘built on my character, my intelligence, education, work ability, perseverance’.
Exclusive to MailOnline, English-educated Ms. dos Santos, owner of a £ 13 million house in Kensington, West London, said the Angolan and Portuguese courts had relied on ‘fabricated evidence’ to blame her.
How Jose Eduardo dos Santos ruled with an iron fist for 38 years
Jose Eduardo dos Santos ruled the oil-rich South African country of Angola with an iron fist for 38 years.
Top positions were awarded to his henchmen and during that time wealth accumulated in the hands of a select few.
His time in charge was also widely associated with authoritarianism, corruption and nepotism.
He left behind a legacy of poverty and cronyism after resigning from the top job in 2017 in a country still recovering from a civil war of 1975-2002.
In April, prosecutors frozen the bank accounts and assets of his daughter Isabel and her husband.
But Mr. dos Santos’s children claim they have falsely been targeted in an anti-graft campaign by their father’s successor, President Joao Lourenco.
His son Jose Filomeno was tried earlier this year for alleged misappropriation of $ 500 million (£ 385 million) from Angola’s state fund, which he managed from 2013 to 2018. Nicknamed ‘Zenu’, he can face up to 12 years in prison if found guilty.
Meanwhile, Zenu’s half-sister Welwitschia was suspended from the Angolan parliament last October for absenteeism and ‘unjust enrichment’.
“It looks like there was a well-organized state campaign against me,” she told MailOnline. It is ridiculous that Portugal, a senior EU country, is seizing assets based on the Angolan state’s reliance on a passport that a child can see is fake.
Evidence has been fabricated on the back of fake emails and the signature of a beloved but long-dead movie star. This is incorrect and my assets must be released urgently. ‘
Last year, Angolan courts charged Ms. dos Santos, who was educated at Cobham Hall’s girls’ school in Kent and King’s College London, with a long list of crimes, including embezzlement and money laundering, allegedly committed during her time at the helm of the stands oil giant Sonangol.
She and her husband were charged with sending payments in excess of $ 1 billion (£ 800,000) from a public company to companies they owned before releasing it from the country.
Their accounts were frozen in Angola in December. Portuguese prosecutors followed suit in February after she was accused of corruption during her stay in Sonangol.
Evidence included emails that seemed to show Ms. dos Santos contacted Japanese companies and offered to invest € 1 billion to get misappropriated funds from Angola. Her passport had apparently been scanned to prove she was real.
But the emails were simply sent by a shady Middle Eastern fraudster who forged passport to defraud the Japanese – and the court took the documents at first glance, she said.
Alvaro Joao, spokesman for Angola’s prosecutor, dismissed the charges as a “comedy.” He said, “The passport is not enough for a magistrate to … order (cessation of) banking activities.”
An international arrest warrant for Ms. dos Santos could be issued if she did not cooperate with the investigation, the prosecutor added, noting that the Portuguese court had not relied on the questionable documents.
The colorful socialite has built a huge business empire over the past two decades, with stakes in several Angolan and Portuguese companies. She has spoken about her hopes of running for president in 2022.
Angola has vast mineral and petroleum reserves, but its wealth is concentrated in the hands of a ruling elite. Life expectancy among the general population is among the lowest in the world and infant mortality is among the highest
Ms. dos Santos left Angola in 2017 when her father stepped down and spends her time between London and Dubai, although her current whereabouts are a well-kept secret.
Angola has vast mineral and petroleum reserves, but its wealth is concentrated in the hands of a ruling elite. Life expectancy among the general population is among the lowest in the world and infant mortality is among the highest.
A consortium of investigative journalists accused the former first daughter, after analyzing hundreds of thousands of leaked documents, of looting the state treasury during her father’s rule of nearly four decades.
The leaked documents seemed to reveal how she got access to lucrative deals involving diamonds, telecom, oil and land by negotiating shady deals that allowed her and her husband to buy valuable state goods.