The Mozambican authorities aim to appeal the South African court’s ruling to set aside the extradition of former Mozambique Minister of Finance Manuel Chang, Reuters reports.
The high-profile official was implicated in a hidden debt scandal and is currently wanted by both the US and his home country. The controversy allegedly involved over $2 billion and pushed Maputo into a major economic crisis.
Last week, the South African High Court granted national justice minister Ronald Lamola the permission to choose Chang’s fate. It is largely expected that he would send the suspect oversees to ensure a proper prosecution, a decision which differs from the one made by Lamola’s predecessor Michael Masutha.
“We have instructions from our client to appeal the judgment… directly to the Constitutional Court, alternatively to the SCA (Supreme Court of Appeal) to appeal the judgment,” the letter from Mozambique’s government lawyers read.
According to Reuters, the country’s side prepares a paper to file the appeal in the upcoming dates.
The information is yet to be officially confirmed.