Mozambique: Police vehicle attacked in Sofala - AIM report
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Mozambique’s Central Office for the Combat of Corruption (GCCC) yesterday announced the arrest of Helena Taipo, the former Mozambican labour minister, former Sofala governor and former ambassador to Angola, for alleged misappropriation of funds at the National Institute of Social Security (INSS).
In addition to the former minister, authorities detained a second person, which it did not identify, but also an ‘arguido’ [officially named a suspect] in the same case. Meanwhile, Radio Mozambique today identifies this second detainee as Mozambican businessman Lúcio Sumabana.
“They will be presented shortly to the criminal investigation judge for legalisation [of the arrest],” the GCCC said. It also stated that the arrests were made by order of the Judicial Court of Maputo City.
Taipo was arrested after being interviewed by the Central Office for the Combat of Corruption in the early afternoon and taken to prison in the Mozambican capital.
Taipo is suspected of receiving bribes of 100 million meticais (1.4 million Euros) to allegedly favour construction and printing companies in contracts with the INSS, a Mozambican public prosecutor had told Lusa in October 2018.
The case goes back to 2014, when Helena Taipo was Minister of Labour and, in this capacity, supervisor of the INSS.Source: Lusa / Rádio Moçambique