Navin Ramgoolam to stand trial under the Financial Intelligence and Anti-Money Laundering Act

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has on Friday instituted criminal proceedings against the former Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam for accepting payments in cash in excess of an amount equivalent to 500,000 rupees, in breach of section 5 of the Financial Intelligence and Anti-Money Laundering Act.

The DPP said 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 enquiry. The enquiry has revealed that part of the sums of money secured included 17 individually wrapped bundles of 100,000 US dollars as well as 6 individually wrapped bundles of 1,000,000 Mauritian rupees.

The DPP has furthermore 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 enquiry to the Mauritius Revenue Authority for possible revenue offences .


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