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Former minister of Transport and Communications Paulo Zucula has been detained in the context of ongoing investigations into the Odebrecht/Nacala Airport case, online newspaper ‘Carta de Moçambique’ reports.
Paulo Zucula and Manuel Chang (former Mozambican Minister of Economy and Finance) have been officially named as suspects [‘arguidos’] in case No. 58/GCCC/17-IR, instigated by the Central Office for the Fight against Corruption, adds the same source.
According to the ‘Carta de Moçambique’ report, Zucula is suspected of having received bribes in the amount of US$135,000, and Chang of US$285,000.
Odebrecht, adds the same source, has told Mozambican authorities that it made US$900,000 worth of payments to senior government officials between 2011 and 2014, during the construction of Nacala Airport.
According to ‘Carta’, Zucula will appear in court on Wednesday, for the purpose of legalizing his detention.
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