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The Central Office for Combating Corruption (GCCC) has accused the former Minister of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs, Abdurremane Lino de Almeida, of abusing his position and of paying unlawful remuneration while in office.
According to a source in the KaMpfumu District Judicial Court in Maputo, where the case will be tried, the former minister is accused of paying people who had no link with the state a total of 1,780,000 meticais (around US$28,894.12 at current exchange rates).
Noticias has learned that the amount was paid to three citizens from Cabo Delgado and Nampula, relations of the former minister who had no connection with the state, and who made the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and stayed there for 21 days at the public expense.
Lino de Almeida took office as Minister of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs in January 2015, and was dismissed in March 2016 when the GCCC started investigating the alleged crimes.Source: Noticias