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The hearing of the case on the extradition of former Mozambican Finance Minister Manuel Chang to either Mozambique or the USA has been rescheduled for 16-17 October at the North Gauteng High Court, Johannesburg, South Africa, Voa Portugues reports.
The hearing had been scheduled for tomorrow, August 13, but was postponed, after a meeting reportedly held on Monday, August 12, between the team of lawyers recently hired by the Mozambican Government [law firm Mabunda Incorporated] and the South African minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, adds the same source.
The Budget Monitoring Forum (FMO), a group of more than ten Mozambican civil society organisations, and South African Justice Minister Ronald Lamola had both opposed Manuel Chang’s extradition to Mozambique.
The FMO wants Manuel Chang to be extradited to the United States, whose justice requested through Interpol the arrest of the former Mozambican minister in South Africa, which took place on December 29, 2018.
After the Kempton Park lower court ruled on Chang’s extradition, former Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha chose to send the then Frelimo deputy to Mozambique.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s new minister, Ronald Lamola, requested for a review of his predecessor’s decision because Chang had not been charged in Mozambique.
South Africa’s High Court has delayed the hearing – that was scheduled for tomorrow – of former Mozambican finance minister Manuel Chang, who is fighting against extradition to the U.S., to allow Mozambique lawyers time to familiarise with the case. https://t.co/XYdNMcGbgj
— Elton Ezequias Bila (@Elton_Ezequias) August 12, 2019
Confirmed: hearing in SA’s High Court on #Chang extradition that was scheduled for tomorrow afternoon n now postponed sin die. The parties agreed, to allow #Mozambique lawyers familiarizing with the case. New date TBC…
— Borges Nhamire (@borges_nhamire) August 12, 2019
Source: Voa Portugues
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