After the DPP met with the father of Iqbal Toofany who died under mysterious circumstances in the hospital after having been arrested a day before and while he was still under police surveillance, it was decided for the death of the victim to be thoroughly investigated under the supervision of a magistrate.
Four of the police officers who were arrested and lawyer Samad Goolamally (far right) who is at the head of the panel of lawyers defending the accused
The father of the victim had a meeting with the DPP in the company of his legal representative, Ericksson Mooneapillay, earlier today before the decision was taken.
The DPP’s announcement was based on the articles 110 (Investigation in case of violent death) and 111 (Inquiry into violent or suspicious death) of the District and Intermediate Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act. The DPP added that it is in the public interest to carry out the investigations under a magistrate.
Tomorrow morning, 6th of March, a motion will be presented in the court of Bambous so that a magistrate can supervise the case. According to the Toofany family, this decision might eventually challenge the release on bail of the police officers involved in the case who had been previously arrested. The latter have been accused of having tortured Iqbal Toofany such that the injuries ultimately caused his death. When they were freed after the payment of the bail yesterday, the family of the victim had actively shown their protest in front of the Line Barracks.
The victim’s family members are not the only ones to be demanding justice for Iqbal Toofany. In a matter of a few days, individuals from the public have stood up for his case. The group that has gathered for the cause has asked for the permission of the authorities to organise a peaceful march. If they are granted their request, the demonstration will take place on the 23rd of March.