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South African professor of international law André Thomashausen says the statements by the country’s minister of international relations and cooperation on the extradition of Manuel Chang to Mozambique are populist and that she has no jurisdiction in the case.
“It is not clear if she can be sympathetic to the Mozambican government, which is in a somewhat delicate situation, but this sympathy does not necessarily reflect the position of either the government or the South African president,” the academic said.
Speaking to STV about the statements of South African Foreign Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Thomashausen says that her position has no legal basis and is founded on populism.
“She represents a very small fraction within the ANC and that is why she is making populist statements, designed to attract attention. The case is with the judiciary and, in the final instance, after all the courts have decided, it is for the minister of justice to execute the decision of the court, either to transfer the person concerned to the country that is seeking him or to secure the release of the wanted person,” Thomashausen said.
Hearings on the extradition of former finance minister Manuel Chang resume at the Kempton Park court next week.
By Fidelton EmídioSource: O País
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