Parliament gives green light for pre-trial detention of Manuel Chang

Manuel Chang is involved in the transaction of three loans worth two billion dollars

The Committee on Constitutional Affairs of the Mozambican parliament gave the green light to the pre-trial detention of deputy Manuel Chang today in Mozambique. He was detained in South Africa with a pending extradition request to the United States for the investigation of hidden debts.

"The Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Human Rights and Legality understands that the foundations, assumptions and constitutional requirements are met so that the Assembly of the Republic can consent to the pre-trial detention of Deputy Manuel Chang", said the chair of that parliamentary committee, Edson Macuacua.

He was speaking to the press in Maputo, moments after a committee meeting to evaluate the grounds of the pre-trial detention request of Deputy and former Minister of Finance Manuel Chang, submitted by the Supreme Court on Friday.

Edson Macuacua clarified that in the dispatch sent to parliament, the Mozambican Supreme Court does not request the waiver of the immunity of Manuel Chang, but requests the consent of the Assembly of the Republic for the preventive detention of the deputy.

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