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Mozambique Loses Appeal to Stop Ex-Minister’s Extradition to US

Mozambique Loses Appeal to Stop Ex-Minister’s Extradition to US

South Africa’s top court blocked a bid to stop the extradition of former Mozambican Finance Minister Manuel Chang to the US, where he’s wanted on charges related to his role in a $2 billion sovereign-debt scandal.

The Constitutional Court of South Africa rejected a request by Mozambique’s government to appeal an earlier court ruling that Chang should be extradited because of a “lack of reasonable prospects of success,” it said Wednesday in a judgment seen by Bloomberg and confirmed by South Africa’s Justice Ministry.

“Mr. Chang will be extradited to the US,” the Mozambique government’s lawyer, Busani Mabunda, said in an emailed response to questions.

Chang has been in custody in a prison near Johannesburg since his arrest in December 2018 on a US warrant.

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