5 November 2012

Mozambique: Long Prison Terms for Officials Accused of Theft

Maputo — The Sofala Provincial Court in central Mozambique has sentenced two senior officials in Cheringoma district to 21 and 17 years imprisonment for the theft of state funds.

According to a report in the Beira daily paper “Diario de Mocambique”, the administrator of the Cheringoma District Education, Youth and Technology Services, Inacio Meque, received the longer sentence, 21 years. The Director of the services, Providencia Zandamela, was sentenced to 17 years.

The court found it proved that the two officials had stolen two million meticais (about 690,000 US dollars) from the state in the period between January 2006 and March 2011.

Meque received the longer sentence since he was believed to have designed the illicit scheme and personally operated the bank accounts through which the money was stolen.

The two accused were also ordered to repay to the State all the money they had stolen.

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