Good afternoon. A decade on from the first loan deals being signed in what was once known as the tuna bonds scandal, the net is closing in on two key players: the men who were finance minister, and defence minister, at the time the ‘hidden debts’ were signed. Both are fighting to avoid a day in court; but while one is doing so from a prison cell in South Africa, the other is doing so from the comfort of the presidential palace in Maputo.
The latest from Zitamar News:
After months of dodging being served with legal papers, President Filipe Nyusi — the former defence minister — has instructed lawyers in London to make the case that, as president of Mozambique, he is immune from prosecution in London. There will be a special hearing in August to decide on that point, but the judge has told Nyusi and his lawyers to get ready to participate in the trial.