The Iqbal Toofany case is still being debated in court. Yesterday, 3 witnesses testified, including Constable Bheenick as to the Diary Books and any record in the name of Iqbal Toofany. The court, however, was not satisfied with the documents presented and asked for the originals.
The lawyer of the Toofany family, Erickson Mooneapillay, and the father of the victim (far right). Photo credits: L’express.mu.
As the Iqbal Toofany case proceeds gradually, 3 witnesses testified in the court of Bambous yesterday, 25th of March. 5 witnesses had been assigned to deliver testimonies but only 3 of them were able to, namely, Chief Inspector (CI) Kokil, and constables Mohintro and Bheenick.
CI Kokil objected against the release of constable Laboudeuse who is among the 5 accused police officers in court yesterday.
Constable Bheenick is from the CID department of Rivière-Noire. She was called to provide the diary books in which records of the 1st and 2nd of March were saved. According to her, no electronic data has been saved in the name of Iqbal Toofany. Constable Bheenick explained that technical problems that happen often enough might be behind the absence of the name of the victim in the computer database. As a consequence, entries have to be made in the diary book of the police station.
She further indicated that the last entry in the Diary Book of the police station of Rivière-Noire was made in 2013.
When leaving the court, the lawyer of the Toofany family, Erickson Mooneapillay, is reported to have said in a statement that he is confident that the judicial inquiry is drawing to its end. He also indicated that they were waiting for the report of Dr Sudesh Kumar Gungadin to have a clear idea of its contents. The latter is to appear in court on the 8th of April. The court has also asked for the originals of the documents that have been presented so far in the form of copies to be provided on that day as well.
Lawyer Erickson Mooneapillay also made a request to have access to the Detention Notebook of the police stations of Rose-Hill and Rivière-Noire as well as the Diary Book of the Candos police station. This is on account of the fact that the victim was brought to several police stations on the night leading to his death.