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Mauritius: Police gives monetary reward to informantts on drug trafficking, other crimes

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth told parliament Tuesday the police department was allocated Rs5,502,520 or USD131,012.4 as reward to informants for the period July 2016 to June 2017.

According to him, the money was instrumental in assisting the police in the fight against drug trafficking and other crimes.

A statement from the Office of the Commissioner of Police said Rs 254,270 or USD 6,054 was allocated to police officers posted to the Anti-Drug and Smuggling Unit (ADSU) in respect of 631 cases of uprooting of cannabis plants and Rs 95,350 or USD 2,270 to personnel of Police Helicopter Squadron.

Additionally; Rs 516,000 or USD2,285.7 was allocated to those falling in the grade of Inspector of Police/Police Sergeant acting as in charge field teams and above posted to ADSU; Rs 3,686,900 or USD 87,783.3 to informers of ADSU; and Rs 950,000 or USD22,619 to informers of the Central Criminal Investigation Department (CCID).

Mr. Jugnauth explained that the procedures for the payment of reward to informers on drugs or drug-related cases and the procedures for payment of rewards to police officers posted to ADSU who were involved in operations aimed at uprooting cannabis.

“The quantum of reward to informers to be disbursed in each case depended on factors, such as the nature and circumstances; persons (and number) arrested; quantity and value of drugs and exhibits secured; risk involved and reliability and regularity of the informers”, he emphasized.

(USD 1 = Rs 42.00)

 -0- PANA  NA/RA 8Dec2021