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Rights group slams Mariah Carey over $1m gig for dictator

Jon Swaine New York

Published 21/12/2013 | 02:30

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Singer Mariah Carey has been criticised by human rights campaigners for accepting an estimated $1m (€731,500) to perform for an African dictator.

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The American star was accused of selling out to Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the longtime president of Angola, after entertaining him with a two-hour concert in the country.

"It is the sad spectacle of an international artist purchased by a ruthless police state to entertain and whitewash the father-daughter kleptocracy that has amassed billions in ill-gotten wealth while the majority of Angola lives on less than $2 (€1.50) a day," said Thor Halvorssen, the president of the Human Rights Foundation.

Carey (44) is said to have told the audience: "I am happy to be here in this room, and I am honoured to share this show with the president of Angola."

The show was organised by the Angolan Red Cross, which is run by Dos Santos's daughter, Isabel. Carey posed for pictures with the pair.

Carey was unavailable for comment. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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