It has been brought to the attention of the authorities that certain individuals are into the sales of a forbidden Japanese weapon known as the katana which is a sword originating from decades ago, and it is more commonly known as the samurai. It was first used in feudal Japan, and modern versions thereof are made in our contemporary societies. It is forbidden in Mauritius because of its extremely dangerous nature.
The Mauritian law states unambiguously that weapons falling under such category of sharp-edged swords are illegal to be sold, manufactured, exchanged and owned. However, this has not discouraged some people from indulging in the illegal trade.
The people trying to bring in these weapons in the island are using Facebook as a main marketing method. Photos of the katanas are posted on several local Facebook groups to promote the weapon. A young man of 25 years of age seems to be behind the activities. He imports the katanas from Europe, and the US, according to the orders placed by his clients.
The Mauritian law is specially strict in this regard. A fine of as much as Rs 25 000 is to be paid by anyone breaching the rules and regulations. The criminals also face the risk of a 10-year imprisonment.
What remains mysterious and surprising is as to how the young man has managed to get the weapons past the security officers at the customs department of the airport.