South Africa will extradite former Mozambique finance minister Manuel Chang to his home country, its Justice Department said in a statement on Monday, years after he was arrested in Johannesburg over his role in Mozambique’s $2 billion debt scandal.
Chang was arrested at the OR Tambo International Airport over alleged secret loans.
United States authorities accuse Chang of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering.
Chang, who denies wrongdoing, has been in custody in SouthAfrica since 2018 while the government debated whether to send him back to Mozambique or the United States, which had also requested his extradition to face charges for his role in the affair.
Video | January 2019: Mozambique’s Manuel Chang to appear in a Pretoria court