An ex-minister from Mozambique gets 16 years in prison for corruption.

Maria Helena Taipo, a former minister of labor of Mozambique, was found guilty of corruption and given a 16-year prison term for embezzling more than $1.7 million (£1.4 million) in state money.

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Along with her, several government representatives received sentences.

Embezzlement, violation of trust, abuse of position, economic engagement in business, and document forgery were the offences brought against the defendants.

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Criminal activity took place between 2014 and 2015.

The stolen funds were used, among other things, to buy 50 bicycles, build a house, have parties, and buy end-of-year hampers.

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