Manuel Chang, former finance minister of Mozambique. (Wikus de Wet, AFP)
Mozambique’s former finance minister Manuel Chang, jailed in South Africa since 2018, will be extradited to the US, the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg ruled on Wednesday.
In terms of the ruling, Chang would be extradited to the US to stand trial for alleged criminal offences involving $2 billion.
Justice Minister Ronald Lamola had ordered in August that Chang be extradited to Maputo.
The ruling was a victory for Mozambican civic society groups, who feared that had he been extradited to Mozambique, he would not be held accountable.
Justice spokesperson Chrispin Phiri said: “The ministry will study the written judgment as soon as it is made available and communicate a way forward in due course.”
More to follow.
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