JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former Mozambican finance minister Manuel Chang is challenging attempts to extradite him to the United States for a corruption trial related to a $2 billion debt scandal that rocked his country’s economy. At his extradition hearing Wednesday in neighboring South Africa, Mozambique’s government argued that he should be returned home instead. Chang was arrested in South Africa last year on the request of the U.S. government, as the scandal affected some U.S. investors. Chang was finance minister from 2005 to 2015. South Africa’s justice minister decided to review his predecessor’s decision to have Chang extradited to Mozambique instead. Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has asserted that Mozambique has not shown seriousness in prosecuting him. Mozambique’s government wants the court in Johannesburg, not the justice minister, to decide where Chang should go. It has argued that Lamola is biased in favor of the U.S. government. The … [Read more...] about Ex-Mozambique finance minister fights extradition to US
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former Mozambican finance minister Manuel Chang will remain behind bars in South Africa while awaiting judgment in an extradition case related to his country’s $2 billion debt scandal. Chang was arrested in South Africa last year on corruption charges and is fighting to avoid extradition to the United States to face trial. His legal team and the Mozambican government argued in a South African court Thursday that Mozambique’s legal system can effectively prosecute him. But lawyers for South Africa’s government argue that Mozambique has not shown eagerness to prosecute him. Companies set up by Mozambique’s secret services and the defense ministry secretly borrowed $2 billion to set up projects that never materialized but allegedly enriched local and foreign players. The scandal has hurt the southern African nation’s economy. … [Read more...] about Ex-Mozambique finance minister awaits extradition ruling
Jeremy Corbyn has refused to give his personal support for the renewal of Trident nuclear weapons, despite it being in Labour's manifesto.The Labour leader said Trident renewal would go ahead because MPs had voted for it and the Labour Party backed it.But he told the BBC's Andrew Neil that nuclear weapons would be included in a defence review if Labour won power.He also insisted he has never supported the IRA, after being questioned about past meetings with Sinn Fein leaders. Live: Election updates Analysis: Corbyn marks out dividing lines on defence Trident and the replacement debate Asked if he urged the Irish republican paramilitary group to stop their bombing campaign, Mr Corbyn replied: "I never met the IRA."I obviously did meet people from Sinn Fein, as indeed I met people from other organisations, and I always made the point that there had to be a dialogue and a peace process."Asked if he supported the armed struggle for a united Ireland, and whether he was now distancing … [Read more...] about General election 2017: Corbyn quizzed on Trident and IRA
NEW DELHI: Tempers flared at a meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance investigating financial impropriety in the conduct of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Top cricket board officials pleaded ignorance of wrongdoings and blamed former IPL chairman Lalit Modi. According to a person with knowledge of the developments, top board officials came under heavy fire from the committee that refused to accept that officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India apart from Modi were unaware of how the tournament was conducted and of the decisions taken. “How could they be unaware when Srinivasan was signing the cheques,” the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, referring to BCCI president-elect N Srinivasan, who was the board’s treasurer at the time. Srinivasan, owner of the IPL team Chennai Super Kings, has been under a cloud recently due to heightened attention on the multiple roles he plays at India’s richest sports … [Read more...] about Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance irked by BCCI role in IPL-II
The incontestable truth of this general election is that the Conservative party does not have enough MPs to win votes by itself in the new House of Commons. Nothing matters more than the parliamentary numbers and Theresa May's lack of a majority. The politics of the coming months and perhaps years will be dominated by this one fact. Now the prime minister could try to get her legislation through vote by vote, issue by issue. But that would be a recipe for instability and unpredictability. So she has announced that she will try to do a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party, Northern Ireland's largest unionist party. The DUP have 10 MPs and if they vote with the Conservatives, the government will be able to get its business through Parliament.The easiest way for the government to ensure regular DUP support in Parliament would be to agree what's called a "confidence and supply" arrangement. The DUP would promise to back the government in votes of no confidence and supply - or budget - … [Read more...] about Election results 2017: How will this minority government actually work?