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Radio Mozambique reports that the Mozambique Attorney General’s Office (PGR) says there is [enough] evidence in the criminal proceedings open by the PGR for Jean Boustani to be tried in Mozambique, in spite of a Brooklyn court having acquitted the Lebanese national in spite of a Brooklyn court having acquitted on all counts the Lebanese national in spite of a Brooklyn court having acquitted the Lebanese national who US prosecutors claimed was the mastermind behind the undeclared debts incurred by the former Mozambican government on behalf of Proindicus, MAM and Ematum.
The PGR maintains that Jean Boustani stands accused of the crimes of corruption and money laundering in Mozambique.
Radio Mozambique reports that “the PGR’s accusation is made the stronger by the fact that the Lebanese national confessed in court in New York to bribing senior state officials and former government members.”
According to TVM, citing a justice administration source in Mozambique, negotiator Jean Boustani reportedly demonstrated in the New York court how fraudulent mechanisms had harmed the Mozambican state.
The PGR however reiterates that the United States has no jurisdiction to prosecute the case of Mozambique’s ‘hidden’ sovereign debt, estimated at over US$2 billion, and insists that Manuel Chang’s extradition to Mozambique (from neighbouring South Africa) is critical for clarifying the case, he being a fundamental piece.
The Mozambican public prosecutor says it has appealed to the South African Constitutional Court for Chang’s extradition to Mozambique.Rádio Moçambique
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