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Minister José Pacheco. [File photo: Lusa]
Mozambique’s minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, José Pacheco, on Wednesday said that the government respects any decision of South Africa on the extradition of the former minister of finance Manuel Chang as part of the case of the hidden debts.
It is a “free and sovereign decision of the competent bodies,” Pacheco said, cited on the daily Mozambican newspaper O País.
The South African minister of justice on Tuesday announced that, regarding the extradition requests from the US and Mozambique, he had decided on Chang’s home country.
Pacheco said that the decision had no Mozambican interference, because “Mozambique respects all rules of separation of powers.”
On a possible US appeal, Pacheco said that it will be up to the competent bodies to take that position.
According to him, it is certain that the relations between Mozambique and South Africa are “excellent.”
Mozambique’s former finance minister Manuel Chang, three bankers from Credit Suisse and a mediator from Privinvest were arrested in December on a warrant issued by the US authorities.
The investigation alleges that the $2.2 billion funding operation to set up Mozambican state-owned companies Ematum, Proindicus and MAM during the term of office of President Armando Guebuza was a huge corruption and money laundering scam.Source: Lusa
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