Mozambique: Parliament to Lift Immunity of ex-Minister Manuel Chan

Johannesburg, Jan 29 (AFP/ATP)–The Mozambican parliament will meet today (Tuesday) to withdraw immunity from MP and former finance minister Manuel Chang, detained in South Africa since December 29.

“The Speaker convened a special session of the Standing Committee on January 29, to lift the immunity of Mr. Chang,” an MP who requested anonymity told AFP.

He is facing an extradition request from both the US and Mozambican authorities on suspicion of financial misconduct.

In the US, he is accused of money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to wire fraud and conspiracy for
security fraud.

The request to withdraw his immunity was initiated by the Mozambican Attorney General’s Office and the Supreme Court.

Last week, the public prosecutor in South Africa where Chang is currently detained told the court that Chang cannot be granted bail citing a high risk of escape. “I am against the guarantee of bail to Mr. Chang at this stage as he can escape,” prosecutor Elivera Dreyer told Kempton Park Magistrate Court outside Johannesburg. ”

The decision on Chang’s bail was postponed to January 31.