Government of Mozambique open to cooperating with justice system on hidden debts

25 January 2019

The Mozambican government is available to cooperate with law enforcement agencies in investigating the country’s so-called hidden debts, said President Filipe Nyusi on Wednesday in Maputo, speaking at a reception for the diplomatic corps accredited in the country, the local press reported.

“We reiterate our willingness as a Government to continue to cooperate with the legal institutions for the outcome of the process,” the Mozambican head of State said in his first public speech on the case after the arrest of former Finance Minister Manuel Chang on 29 December in South Africa.

Nyusi said it was important to allow the legal institutions investigating the case to work autonomously, and called on Mozambicans to “continue to calmly await the outcome of the case.”

Mozambique’s former finance minister, three former bankers from Credit Suisse and an intermediary of Privinvest have been held under arrest in different countries since 29 December at the request of the United States justice system.

According to the indictment, the hidden debts backed by the Mozambican state between 2013 and 2014 for three fishing and maritime security companies were the basis for a scheme of corruption and money laundering, with the aim of enriching several suspects. (macauhub)