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Autopsy in Spain for ex-Angola leader amid foul allegations

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An autopsy has been carried out in Spain on former Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who died in Barcelona last week, at the request of one of his daughters who suspects foul play, her lawyers said on Monday.

The results of the autopsy carried out over the weekend are not yet available, said a spokesman for the lawyers of Tchize dos Santos.

A court in Barcelona approved the autopsy on Friday, the day of his death, a court spokeswoman said.

Dos Santos, who ruled Angola with an iron fist between 1979 and 2017, has lived in Barcelona since April 2019.

The 79-year-old was hospitalized and placed in intensive care after suffering a cardiac arrest on June 23.

His 44-year-old daughter – whose full name is Welwitschia dos Santos – promptly asked the hospital to hold his body “until a proper autopsy is performed”.

She said in a statement on Saturday there were “a number of indications” that her father’s death took place in “suspicious circumstances”.

Tchize has launched a court case in Spain against the widow of former Angolan President Ana Paula and his personal physician for “attempted murder”.

The complaint also includes allegations related to “breach of a duty of care, breach of gross negligence and disclosure of secrets by persons close to him,” her lawyers said in a statement on Friday.

Tchize claimed her father and his wife – a former flight attendant 18 years her junior – had been separated for some time, meaning his spouse had no right to make decisions about his health.

She said her father’s health had “seriously deteriorated” after Ana Paula arrived in Barcelona and moved into her father’s home in the Spanish city.

Police acknowledged receipt of the complaint and said they were investigating.

Tchize also argues that her father wanted to be buried privately in Spain rather than Angola, at a state funeral in the former Portuguese colony “which the current government might be favouring”.

– allegations of corruption –

Angolan Foreign Minister Tete Antonio declined to comment on her allegations on Friday as he left the Barcelona hospital where the former president had been treated.

“We didn’t come here to deal with these things,” he told reporters.

Born in the slums of Luanda, dos Santos was one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.

Critics say he used his country’s oil wealth to enrich his family but left his people among the world’s poorest.

When he resigned in 2017, dos Santos handed over to former Secretary of Defense Joao Lourenco, whom he handpicked to succeed him.

But Lourenco quickly turned on his one-time patron and unleashed an anti-corruption campaign to recover the billions he suspected had been embezzled under dos Santos.

Dos Santos’ son, José Filomeno, has been in prison for corruption since 2019.

His eldest daughter Isabel, once dubbed Africa’s richest woman by Forbes, faces a series of investigations into her multinational dealings.

Lourenco, who is seeking re-election in August, nonetheless declared five days of national mourning over the death of dos Santos, calling it a “great loss” for Angola.

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