(ANGOLA) JUST IN: A toxic leak from a massive diamond mine has killed at least 12 people and left 4,500 sick, a minister in neighbouring DRC says #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.04: She said that DR Congo would seek damages but did not specify how much: There has been no public response so far from the Catoca mine’s owners…..

#AceDailyNews says that a leak turned a tributary of the River Congo red and killed huge numbers of fish, which some people ate, said Environment Minister Eve Bazaiba: According to Reuters news agency, the mine produces about 75% of Angola’s diamonds.

Man pointing at red river
The Tshikapa river in DR Congo turned red because of the pollution, officials say

After a reservoir containing toxic by-products from the mine leaked in late July, the Tshikapa river across the border in DR Congo turned red killing hippos, fish, and other animals.

Ms Bazaiba said there were “tonnes of dead fish floating on the river… and then the first reflex was to take the fish”.

Officials in Kasai province banned people from drinking water and eating fish from the river but about a million people were affected. 

Communities living on the river banks suffered from diarrhoea and other health problems.

Ms Bazaiba said it was good that both the Angolan government and the mine’s owners recognised what had happened. 

But she did not give any further details of DR Congo’s request for damages which she said was in accordance with the “polluter pays” principle.

Catoca, which is jointly owned by Angolan state diamond company Endiama and Russia’s Alrosa, said it had built two dykes to filter sediment out of the water and that the leak had been sealed, Reuters reports.

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#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.04: 2021:

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(ANGOLA) International Tribunal Report: Isabel dos Santos ordered to return $500 million in shares ‘tainted by illegality’ by oil stake #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.10: Isabel dos Santos, at one time the wealthiest woman in Africa, must surrender one of her last remaining major assets, a stake in the Portuguese energy company Galp worth an estimated $500 million, an international tribunal in the Netherlands has ruled….

#AceDailyNews says ICIJ Investigation reports that an international tribunal ruled that the billionaire and her late husband corruptly obtained a lucrative stake from the state oil company Sonangol.

ICIJ REPORT:

August 2, 2021Isabel dos Santos and Sindika Dokolo at a gala in France in 2015.

In its 2020 Luanda Leaks investigation, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists revealed that dos Santos and her husband Sindika Dokolo had obtained the stake for just a $15 million initial deposit, in a controversial deal made with Angola’s state oil company — overseen at the time by dos Santos’ father, Angola’s then-president Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

The deal “cannot be explained but for grand corruption by the daughter of a head of state and her husband,” the tribunal ruled, declaring it “null and void.” The ruling, made public last week, was first reported by Dutch newspaper and ICIJ partner, Het Financieele Dagblad.

Luanda Leaks reporting showed how insider deals, political connections and an army of Western enablers helped dos Santos amass a fortune. The exposé revealed how the billionaire and her allies benefited from lucrative deals in diamonds, telecommunications, banking and real estate.

The investigation had a profound impact on the dos Santos family. Angolan and Portuguese authorities froze dos Santos’ assets and bank accounts and launched criminal investigations. The business empire was largely dismantled.

The inside dealmaking that led to the acquisition of the Galp shares, revealed in part through leaked documents, was featured in the Luanda Leaks reporting.

In 2006, Angola’s state oil company, Sonangol, sold 40% of its interest in joint venture company Esperaza to Exem Energy, a Dutch firm owned by Dokolo. Sonangol then sold to Dokolo’s company a $99 million stake for an initial $15 million deposit. That same stake is now worth more than $500 million.

The deal was “tainted by illegality, enabling Ms dos Santos directly or through her husband Mr. Dokolo, while using her position as daughter of the Angolan President … to reap an extraordinary financial gain to the detriment of … Angola,” according to the ruling.

“This is a landmark decision,” Yas Banifatemi, one of Sonangol’s attorneys told ICIJ. “It is not something you see often that a tribunal like this recognizes embezzlement and corruption. They called a spade a spade.”

Banifatemi said that the Luanda Leaks investigation was critical to the case, making critical information public. “I’m thankful for the Luanda Leaks,” Banifatemi said. “It allowed us to fight corruption.”

In a statement, Exem Energy’s London representatives said that the company will appeal. Its attorney, Dan Morrison, noted that the panel is not a court and said that it failed to comment on Exem Energy’s evidence. “The political narrative clearly superseded the legal analysis,” Morrison said.

In separate cases related to the transaction, a Dutch court froze Exem Energy’s assets last year and removed a key dos Santos ally from the board of the joint venture company. Dutch prosecutors also launched a criminal probe into the deal. Dos Santos is also facing criminal charges in Angola.

Dos Santos denies wrongdoing and has previously claimed that legal actions against her amount to a “witch hunt.” Dokolo also denied wrongdoing. He died in a scuba diving accident last year.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Aug.10: 2021:

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