Guebuza's son asks to be released, arguing he was a spy serving the state

Ndambi Guebuza (middle) and Armando Guebuza (left)

Ndambi Guebuza (middle) and Armando Guebuza (left)

Detained on February 16 as part of an investigation into the state's 'Hidden Debt', Ndambi Guebuza and two other detainees were heard on Tuesday, April 9, at Maputo Supreme Court.

Ndambi Guebuza, the son of former Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, has asked the Supreme Court to be released on the grounds that he was a member of the Mozambican Information and Security System (SISE).

According to the website Carta de Moçambique , Ndambi Gebuza's habeas corpus request was submitted on Tuesday during a three-hour Supreme Court hearing.

The same argument was used by former SISE director Gregório Leão and by António Carlos do Rosário, chairman of the board of directors of the three companies involved in the case, to request their immediate release during the same hearing.

According to Carta de Moçambique, Article 20.7 of the SISE Regulation specifies that "in order to safeguard the interests of the State, members who are suspected or accused of committing a crime (...) shall be released on bail, regardless of the applicable penal framework, and requested to present proof of identity and residence."

The court is expected to take a decision "within days." During the hearing, Public Prosecutor Amabélia Chuquela argued that the defendants' pre-trial detention should be maintained because they acted outside the scope of their SISE duties.

The so-called Hidden Debt case is the result of an investigation into loans secretly contracted between 2013 and 2014, during Guebuza's presidential term, amounting to $2.2 billion (about €1.92 billion).