Jul 13

Manuel Chang extradited to the US

Former Mozambican finance minister Manuel Chang left South African on a US government-owned Gulfstream G550 on Wednesday, after he was extradited to face fraud and corruption charges. Chang was the central figure in what came to be known as the “Tuna Scandal,” whereby, in 2013 and 2014, three companies borrowed about N$38 billion in public debt without the approval of Parliament. News24 reports that civil society in Mozambique lobbied for his extradition to the US because they felt back home he would not face justice and would instead be used by politicians who intended to hide their part in the scandal. Chang to this day maintains he is not guilty.