The Judicial Court of Kempton Park in South Africa decided on Wednesday to keep in custody Manuel Chang, the former finance minister of Mozambique, who was detained in Johannesburg ten days ago.

The judge rejected the defense’s argument that Chang was illegally detained at the hearing, according to Mozambican state television TVM.

“The court agrees that the warrant is valid. Chang’s detention followed the legal procedures required by South African law,” said the judge.

After legality of Chang’s detention was verified, the lawyers decided to proceed with a request of freedom under bail of level 5 (more expensive).

In the meantime, the hearing session has been interrupted and will continue on Thursday for the examination of the bail request.

Manuel Chang is accused of money laundering, wire fraud and securities fraud, and he is also one of the three Mozambicans who were indicted by the New York State Attorney’s Office for involvement in a fraudulent scheme behind the so-called hidden debts. Enditem


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