A former finance minister of Mozambique, who approved secret loans that plunged the country into a crisis, has been arrested in SA awaiting extradition to the US, police said on Monday. Manuel Chang, 63, was “arrested on Saturday for ... USA extradition”, said national police spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo. “He is appearing today at Kempton Park court,” said Naidoo, referring to a magistrate’s court in a district near Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. Police gave no further details, but media in Mozambique reported that Chang had been arrested at the airport while in transit to Dubai. A copy of a court document dated December 27, directing police officers to arrest Chang for eventual surrender to the US, states that he is wanted for conspiracy to commit “wire fraud”, “securities fraud” and “money laundering”. Chang was finance minister between 2005 and 2015 under the presidency of Armando Guebuza. Towards the end of his tenure loans to the value of $2bn were secretly negoti...

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