US criticises SA’s refusal to hand over Mozambican

The US has expressed its “great disappointment” with South Africa over its refusal to extradite Mozambique’s former Finance Minister Manuel Chang to the country to stand trial on corruption charges.

Mr Chang was arrested in South Africa in December at the request of the US, which accused him of “carrying out a $2bn (£1.6bn) fraud and money-laundering scheme that took advantage of the US financial system and defrauded US investors”.

South Africa has decided to extradite Mr Chang to Mozambique, where he is wanted on similar charges.

Mozambique’s government welcomed the decision, but the main opposition Renamo party said it doubted that Mr Chang – who has denied the charges – would face justice in his home country.

In a statement, the US embassy in South Africa said: “We urge the government of South Africa to send Mr Chang to the United States to stand trial for these alleged crimes, which victimised US citizen and robbed the government of Mozambique of over $700m.”


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