The ex-governor of the Bank of Mauritius (BoM), Rundheersing Bheenick, was released on parole yesterday afternoon, 17th of February, following a communication from the Bail and Remand Court of Port-Louis.
Rundheersing Bheenick justifying the source of the money found at his place
A week ago, a great amount of money together with 183 documents of the BoM were found at the house of the ex-governor. A number of charges were then levelled at him. He has, however, denied any money-laundering implication.
When requested to explain himself in front of the Bail and Remand Court, Rundheersing Bheenick claimed that every item found at his place comes from legitimate sources. He argued that he can justify the origin of each. He asserted that the money comes from his travel allowances.
Rundheersing Bheenick. Photo credits: Defimedia.info
Paying for 3 bails
He left the court at 18:00 yesterday, after magistrate Shavina Jugnauth-Chuttur had him released on parole, on the basis that the justifications of his arrestation by the police were inadequate. However, the accused had to pay for three bails.
He had to pay a bail of Rs 100 000 and sign an acknowledgement of debt of Rs 2 million for the money-laundering charges, and Rs 25 000 bail as well as a Rs 200 000 acknowledgement of debt for the larceny in receipt of wages charges, and finally, a Rs 20 000 bail and again a Rs 200 000 acknowledgement of debt for possession of stolen property. He is to present at the court of Moka and then that of Port-Louis today (18.02.15) for the payment and other formalities.
Reachable to the police
The police had objections about his release and Inspector Balmick Dussoye of the CCID was called as witness to justify their reservations. He argued that if liberated, the accused might influence the witnesses and manipulate the evidence. The police thereafter demanded his phone number and that he remained reachable from then on, from 09:00 to 17:00 during week-days and from 09:00 to 12:00 on Saturday.
Possible link to the Navin Ramgoolam affair
Could the two cases have certain association with each other? Some days ago, millions were seized from the house of the ex-PM, including foreign currency notes. Rs 1 million in foreign currency were discovered at the home of the ex-governor of the BoM, as well as 183 files of the BoM. Is this just a superficial resemblance or is there more to it than meets the eye?
When responding to the questions of Hervé Duval Jr, the lawyer of the accused, Inspecteur Balmick Dussoye stated that the BoM had never filed a police complaint to report any robbery. The police is only waiting for a report from the bank to review which documents are missing. The lawyer added that his client could have called anyone during all that time, including Navin Ramgoolam.
Rundheersing Bheenick was later called to the witness box, and he stated that he will comply with all the conditions for his release, even the most unreasonable ones. Hours later, he was released on parole.