A-G’S OFFICE REFUTES REPORTS OF REQESTS FOR MOZAMBICAN PRESIDENT’S BANK ACCOUNTS RECORDS

MAPUTO, Mozambique’s Attorney-General’s Office (PGR) has refuted reports circulating in social media, including WhatsApp and Facebook, that it has requested the country’s banks to reveal details of the accounts of President Filipe Nyusi.

A fake PGR statement has been circulating on social media, clearly imitating the real PGR request in early April for the lifting of banking secrecy on the accounts of former President Armando Guebuza, and several of his relatives and collaborators.

Lifting the banking secrecy of Guebuza and his associates was a measure taken in connection with the audit of three companies — Ematum (Mozambique Tuna Company), Proindicus and MAM (Mozambique Asset Management).

The audit, for which the PGR has hired the London branch of the United States professional services company, Kroll, reputedly the foremost forensic auditing company in the world. is expected to trace what happened to the more than two billion US dollars which Ematum, Proindicus and MAM borrowed from European banks, mainly Credit Suisse and VTB of Russia, in 2013 and 2014.

The forged PGR document claims that the PGR asked to lift the banking secrecy of Nyusi, of former deputy defence minister Agostinho Mondlane, now the Minister for the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries, and of former transport minister Gabriel Muthisse.

The PGR issued a statement Wednesday night categorically denying that it has made any such request to the banks, and describing the forged document as disinformation.

No request for lifting banking secrecy has been made with regard to these persons, said the PGR, adding that the forgery was an attack against the honour, reputation and good name of the Head of State and of the other citizens mentioned.

The PGR condemned the use of social media to spread false information, which could amount to criminal offences.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK