Former Minister of Finance of Mozambique detained in South Africa at the request of the US

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Former Minister of Finance of Mozambique detained in South Africa at the request of the US The president of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi (d), and his counterpart from Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (d), offer a speech after the signing of bilateral agreements in Maputo, Mozambique, on January 24, 2017. EFE / Archivo

The former Minister of Finance of Mozambique, Manuel Chang, has been arrested in South Africa at the request of the United States, which has requested his extradition for his alleged involvement in a fraud of 2 billion dollars that affected US investors, the US Attorney’s Office announced today. .US.

Chang, 63, who was arrested last Saturday, has been charged along with four other people related to this case, according to a statement from the East District Court of New York.

The rest of those involved have been identified as Jean Boustani, a Lebanese national, who was arrested on Wednesday at the New York International Airport, as well as Andrew Pearse of New Zealand; Surjan Singh, British citizen; and Detelina Subeva, from Bulgaria.

The last three suspects were former bankers of Credit Suisse and have been arrested in London today and released on bail.
According to the Office of the Prosecutor, the United States has also requested his extradition.

They will be judged for supposedly having secured loans for 2 billion dollars, guaranteed by the Government of Mozambique between 2013 and 2016, when Chang was Minister of Finance, and having subsequently sold them to investors from all over the world, including the United States, through two financial institutions with the intention of swindling them. (EFEUSA) .-

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