Former Mauritian PM to stand trial for money laundering

Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Satyajit Boolell  on Friday instituted criminal proceedings against former Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam for accepting payments in cash in excess of an amount equivalent to 500,000 rupees.

According to the DPP, Ramgoolam breached the country's section 5 of the Financial Intelligence and Anti-Money Laundering Act.

In a communiqué, the DPP said that during a search carried out at the residence of former Prime Minister on 6 February 2015, huge sums of money in Mauritian and foreign currencies were found in various safes and suitcases.

“These sums of money were duly secured by the police for the purpose of inquiry. The inquiry has revealed that part of the sums of money secured included 17 individually wrapped bundles of US$100,000 as well as six individually wrapped bundles of 1,000,000 Mauritian rupees,” it said.  (US$ 1 is equivalent to 35 rupees)

Furthermore, the DPP has advised the Commissioner of Police to make a written report to the Integrity Reporting Services Agency under section 9(2) of the Good Governance and Integrity Reporting Act and to refer their inquiry to the Mauritius Revenue Authority for possible revenue offences.

Ramgoolam, who in power from 1996 to 2000 and 2005 to 2014, still leads the Labour Party but he was not elected to Parliament at the last general elections held in December 2014.
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