The Superior Court of Appeal of Maputo canceled this Tuesday the judgment of former Director of the National Criminal Investigation Service ( SERNIC) in Maputo province, Benjamina Chaves, for considering “incompetent” the Matola District Court to judge the case in which Chaves is accused of embezzling more than 250 vehicles recovered by SERNIC from criminals. According to the order signed by Judge Luís Mabote Júnior, Benjamina Chaves must be tried by a Superior Court of Appeal (in this case, the one in Maputo), since the Law that creates SERNIC establishes a “special forum” in the case of criminal prosecution, to officials occupying a leadership position. Benjamina Chaves is accused of 18 crimes and the diversion of 274 vehicles stolen in neighboring South Africa and in Maputo province, which were recovered by SERNIC operational agents. The acts took place between 2016 and 2019, when she directed SERNIC in Maputo province. She currently runs the institution in Sofala province. The warning about the incompetence of the Judicial Court of the District of Matola to judge Benjamina Chaves was given by the Public Ministry, the holder of the criminal action in Mozambique. (O.O.) Source: Carta de Moçambique

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