The office requested the information about Guebuza and 17 other individuals and an institution for the period January 2012 to December 2016, according to a letter sent to the country’s banks.
Georgina Zandamela, a press officer at the attorney-general’s office, said the request forms part of an audit being carried out by New York-based risk analysis firm Kroll of Mozambique’s debt.
“This document is part of the preparatory instruction of a Secrecy of Justice process that’s before the courts, so we can’t comment,” she said
Guebuza’s office in the capital Maputo asked for a letter requesting comment and said a response would be available in 21 days.
Isalcio Ivan Mahanjane, a lawyer who represented Guebuza at a parliamentary hearing on the loans last year, said he hadn’t seen the request from the attorney-general and therefore couldn’t comment on it.
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“As far as I know the investigation is covered by the rule of the Secrecy of Justice,” Mahanjane said.
“I don’t know whether he is accused or not.”
The attorney-general’s office hired Kroll in November to conduct an audit of state-owned ProIndicus and Mozambique Asset Management after the discovery in April 2016 that the companies hid $622 million and $535 million of loans respectively.
Kroll is also inspecting $727 million of debt raised by Empresa Mocambicana de Atum, or Ematum.