Ex-Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam has been called at the Central Crime Investigation Division (CCID) at the central barracks today afternoon, 6th of February: the Roches-Noires investigation continues.
Police officers at the private office of Navin Ramgoolam at Desforges Street, Port-Louis
The lawyer of Navin Ramgoolam, Yousuf Mohamed, informed Radio Plus today that his client is being interrogated at the CCID today afternoon. The news was broadcast at 16h25 on the radio channel.
Several police officers were present near to the private office of Navin Ramgoolam at Desforges Street, Port-Louis today afternoon. According to lawyer Yousuf Mohamed, the leader of the CCID team called him to request him to bring his client, Navin Ramgoolam, to the headquarters of the police right away after the news article reporting that the latter was invited to an election observation mission in Nigeria on the 14th of February in Le Mauricien was published; the invitation was sent to him because of the presidential elections to be held in the African country.
Lawyer Yousuf Mohamed has heavily criticised the manner in which the police dealt with the affair. The lawyer considers this to be humiliating for an ex-PM to be treated in this manner. He stated that the authorities intended to escort Navin Ramgoolam from his office to the headquarters at Central Barracks “manu militari”.
The testimonies of many individuals who are said to be involved in the Roches-Noires affair have been interrogated; the case was reopened on the 11th of January 2015. The investigators wish to establish whether or not Navin Ramgoolam was present at the bungalow located at Roches-Noires when the robbery happened on the night of the 2nd to 3rd of July. Contradictory versions have been gleaned by the police officers so far.
One of the first to be interrogated was Rakesh Gooljaury, the man who had previously reported the robbery at the police station back in 2011. Four years ago, he had stated that Navin Ramgoolam was not present at the bungalow when the incident happened. However, some weeks ago when he was made to face the investigators, he retracted and affirmed that the ex-PM was indeed at Roches-Noires on that night. The police remains to shed light on this affair.