Mozambique Ex-Finance Minister Drops South African Bail Request

(Bloomberg) -- Former Mozambican Finance Minister Manuel Chang, who the U.S. has accused of accepting bribes in a $2 billion debt scandal, abandoned his application for bail in South Africa.

Chang will remain in custody in South Africa until a hearing on Feb. 5, Magistrate Sagra Subroyen said at a court near Johannesburg on Wednesday. The court will decide on that date which of two requests for extradition -- by Mozambique and the U.S. -- will get preference, J.J. du Toit, deputy director of public prosecutions in Johannesburg, said.

Chang has been detained in South Africa since Dec. 29 on U.S. Department of Justice charges.

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