Manuel Chang Extradition: Former Justice Minister Complied With The Law, Court Hears

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NGOs have failed to show that South Africa was obliged to ensure that an extradited person would be effectively prosecuted by a requesting State, lawyers for former Mozambican finance minister Manuel Chang have argued.

"[Mozambican NGO the Forum de Monitoria do Orcamento] and the [Helen Suzman Foundation] have identified no provision in any of the cited treaties or conventions to the effect that there is an obligation upon the requested state to ensure that the extradited person will be effectively prosecuted by the requesting state, because they cannot," advocate Jeremy Raizon argued in the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday.

"The duty on states mutually to co-operate cannot and does not amount to a duty to ensure the effective prosecution of an extraditee," he added.

Raizon was arguing in the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday in Chang's application to compel the Justice Minister Ronald Lamola to give effect to a May 2019 decision, in terms of Section 11 of the Extradition Act, to extradite and surrender Chang to Mozambique.

Advocate Anton Katz SC, on behalf of the Forum de Monitoria do Orcamento (FMO) told the court on Wednesday that the "decision by the magistrate to commit Chang, in terms of Section 10(1) of the Extradition Act, to imprisonment pending the minister's decision to surrender Chang in respect of the extradition request by Mozambique, [should] be declared to be inconsistent with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, invalid and should be set aside".

Advocate Max Du Plessis, on behalf of the foundation, earlier argued that SA was constitutionally obliged to ensure the effective prosecution of corruption even if the offence occurred outside of its borders, News24 previously reported.

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