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INSS in Maputo. [File photo: O País]
The Judicial Court of Maputo began on Thursday the trial of the president of the Institute of Social Security (INSS) in Mozambique, arrested in August on charges of corruption.
Francisco Mazoio will answer for the crimes of abuse of office, simulation and embezzlement, in a case that also involves the former director-general of the institution, Baptista Machaieie.
The legal case in question is related to a concession by the INSS, which manages the Mozambican social security, of 84 million meticais (one million euros, at the current exchange rate) to CR Aviation, owned by the former president of the Confederation of Economic Associations of Mozambique – CTA, Rogério Manuel, who died in December 2018.
The Mozambican public prosecutor (MPP) considers that Francisco Mazoio and Baptista Machaieie violated the law in approving the financing for the purchase of four aircraft from CR Aviation.
In the indictment, the MPP considers that the memorandum for the acquisition of aircraft was not submitted to the review of the Administrative Court, CR Aviation did not submit a recovery plan for investments made by the INSS and the amount was granted without a resolution of the board of directors of Social Security.
Francisco Mazoio was arrested on August 16, at Maputo International Airport, on return from a business trip to the province of Manica, central Mozambique.Source: Lusa
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