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The Maputo High Court of Appeal has denied the application for provisional release of Ndambi Guebuza, the son of former Mozambican president Armando Guebuza, and António Carlos do Rosário, a former secret services leader, on the grounds that they posed a flight risk or could disrupt investigations.
Today’s edition of ‘Notícias’, Mozambique’s largest daily newspaper, writes that Ndambi Guebuza and António Carlos do Rosario, former director of the Economic Intelligence of the State Information and Security Service (SISE), will remain in prison after the Maputo High Court of Appeal rejected the habeas corpus writs they filed a week ago.
The son of Armando Guebuz and the former SISE leader have been detained since February of this year on suspicion of corruption involving bribes allegedly paid using money linked to the so-called hidden debts.
This is the second time the pair have been denied a petition for habeas corpus, after an earlier request was refused in July.
The High Court of Appeal has also denied the provisional release of Sergio Alberto Namburete, also detained in connection with the hidden debts case.
Flight risk, disruption of investigations
The ruling cites flight risk and disruption of investigations as grounds for denying them bail.
The three defendants are part of a group of nine people currently in custody in connection with investigations into the ‘hidden debts’, and the endorsement of the previous Mozambican government of over US$2 billion in loans taken out between 2013 and 2014 by public companies operating in the areas of fishing and maritime security.
Mozambican and US courts consider that part of this money was used to pay bribes to Mozambican and foreign citizens.
Former finance minister Manuel Chang is also detained in connection this case, in South Africa.Source: Deutsche Welle