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    (Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on TwitterA banker with ties to Isabel dos Santos was found dead on the same day that Angola’s prosecutor named both him and Africa’s richest woman as suspects in an investigation over alleged mismanagement at state oil company Sonangol.Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha, 45, appeared to have hanged himself in the garage of his apartment building in Lisbon, Portuguese police said in a statement Thursday. He had attempted to commit suicide earlier this month, the police said.As the director of private banking at EuroBic, Ribeiro da Cunha was responsible for several multimillion-dollar transfers from a Sonangol account to a company in Dubai, according to documents released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists earlier this week.Lisbon-based EuroBic said in an earlier statement Thursday that Dos Santos has decided to sell her 42.5% stake in the lender.Angola’s prosecutor general, Helder Pitta Gros, late Wednesday named four people as suspects in the inquiry that covers the period between Dos Santos’s 2016 appointment to Sonangol by her father, then-President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, and when she was fired by her father’s successor, Joao Lourenco, in 2017.The prosecutor’s announcement marks a further step in the unraveling of Isabel dos Santos’s business empire and a dramatic reversal of fortune for the 46-year-old, who has always portrayed herself as a self-made woman who amassed her wealth of an estimated $2 billion through hard work.The ICIJ released a series of documents showing how she built her businesses via mostly questionable deals involving state assets during her father’s 38-year tenure. Earlier this month, a court in Angola froze her assets and bank accounts.Dos Santos, who has been living outside Angola since 2018, said in a statement that the allegations made against her over the last few days were “extremely misleading and untrue” and part of a “well-coordinated political attack.” Her brother Jose Filomeno, the former head of Angola’s $5 billion sovereign wealth fund, has been on trial since December for his involvement in a $500 million transfer from the central bank to an account in the U.K. during the final days of his father’s rule.Authorities would like the suspects to come in voluntarily, but international arrest warrants may be considered if they continue to refuse cooperation, Pitta Gros said on state TV. They may also try to block Dos Santos from selling assets and shares held in Portugal, the former colonial ruler, and elsewhere if they were bought with money that was transferred illicitly from Angola, he said.“If we get evidence that the investments were made with money taken illicitly out of the country we will do everything so that she doesn’t dispose of those assets,” said Pitta Gros, who arrived in Portugal on Thursday to ask for help with the investigation.The other two named by the prosecutor are Mario Leite da Silva, who on Thursday stepped down as chairman of Banco de Fomento Angola, and Paula Olveira, the owner of Dubai-based consulting firm Matter Business Solutions. Isabel dos Santos holds a 25% stake in Angola telecommunications company Unitel, which has a majority stake in BFA.Portugal’s securities market regulator CMVM said it’s seeking information from auditors and companies with ties to Dos Santos, including oil firm Galp Energia and telecommunications company NOS. Dos Santos has made significant investments in Portugal over the past two decades and holds indirect stakes in Galp and NOS, among other companies in the southern European country.(Updates with Isabel dos Santos reaction in eighth paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Henrique Almeida in Lisbon at halmeida5@bloomberg.net;Candido Mendes in Luanda at cmendes6@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joao Lima at jlima1@bloomberg.net, Pauline Bax, Gordon BellFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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