Former Mozambique finance minister Manuel Chang is “shopping” for a more lenient country to be extradited to, and seems to have settled on his home country over the US.
He said this through his advocate Willie Vermeulen, SC, in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court in Ekurhuleni, where Chang is fighting his extradition.
The former cabinet member was arrested on December 30, in terms of a US warrant of arrest, on “allegations of conspiracy to commit fraud and taking millions of dollars in bribes in a $2bn loan scandal”, News24 earlier this year.
Chang was on his way to Dubai when he was detained.
The Mozambican government’s warrant of arrest for Chang, dated March 4, was cancelled by the court, as he was already detained.
“He prefers to be extradited to Mozambique, and it makes no sense to be tried in the US,” Vermeulen said.