South African Justice Minister to decide on extradition of Manuel Chang

Former Minister Manuel Chang is one of the defendants in the hidden debts process

Former Minister Manuel Chang is one of the defendants in the hidden debts process

The South African court sent the Minister of Justice a decision on the extradition request to Mozambique of the former Mozambican Finance Minister today

Manuel Chang has been held since December in the prosecution of hidden debts. "After analyzing the merits presented, it is decided that, according to the Extradition Law, there is sufficient evidence against the defendant of the practice of the following crimes: abuse of office or functions, breach of fiscal legality, fraud for fraud, embezzlement, passive corruption for illegal act, money laundering and criminal association, "Judge William Schutte said in reading the final decision on Mozambique's competitive bid, today at the Kempton Park court outside Johannesburg.

William Schutte said that "Manuel Chang will remain in Modderbee prison pending the decision for his extradition," he concluded.

Manuel Chang has now 15 days to appeal the ruling, the magistrate said.

Earlier today, the same judge had ruled that Chang has the conditions to be extradited to the United States, a decision that was now up to the South African government.

The former Mozambican Finance Minister was arrested by Interpol at the Oliver Tambo International Airport on the outskirts of Johannesburg on December 29, 2018, as he attempted to embark for Dubai following an extradition request from the United States authorities.

Manuel Chang was Deputy Minister of Planning and Finance between 2000 and 2004, in the executive of Joaquim Chissano and Minister of Finance in the ten years of the Government of Armando Guebuza between February of 2005 and December of 2015.

The former ruler appeared for the first time in court on December 31, 2018, and was released on bail.