Banker linked to dos Santos investigation found dead

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A Portuguese banker named in a major Angolan money-laundering and corruption scandal has died in an apparent suicide at home, police said Thursday.

Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha, named as a suspect by Angolan authorities in an investigation targeting the billionaire daughter of Angola’s former longtime leader, appeared to have hanged himself in the garage of his Lisbon apartment building late Wednesday, a police statement said.

Cunha was the head of private banking at Lisbon-based EuroBic where Isabel dos Santos, reputedly Africa’s richest woman, holds a 42.5% stake.

Angolan authorities suspect Dos Santos embezzled money from the country’s state oil company and laundered it through foreign banks.

Angola’s attorney general arrived Thursday in Portugal to ask his country’s former colonial ruler for help investigating a major corruption case targeting the billionaire daughter of Angola’s former longtime leader.

Angolan authorities suspect that Isabel dos Santos, reputedly Africa’s richest woman, embezzled millions of dollars from the state oil company Sonangol, which she once headed.

Angolan attorney general Helder Pitta Gros announced late Wednesday in Luanda, the Angolan capital, that Dos Santos is an official suspect in an investigation into mismanagement at Sonangol and misappropriation of company money.

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