Ex-PM Navin Ramgoolam was interrogated yesterday at the CCID concerning the Rs 220 million seized at his place earlier this year. He was to provide explanations as to the origin of the money. He is reported to have denied the allegations of money laundering. Apparently, the money comes from political donations, and allocations for his foreign trips (per diem).
Accompanied by his lawyers Shawkat & Hisham Oozeer, Gavin Glover, and Nadim Hyderkhan (the latter had arrived at the CCID before), Navin Ramgoolam confronted the investigators.
Navin Ramgoolam stated that he would maintain his right to remain silence when it came to certain questions; he reiterated his stance that he considered himself a victim of “political vendetta”.
When asked to explain the origin of the money, Navin Ramgoolam affirmed that a great proportion of the Rs 220 million came to him from supporters of the PTr as donations. He asserted that another fraction of it belonged to him. According to his version, he received some of the money as “per diem” during the time when he was the PM, that is, he obtained regular allowances for foreign travel, amongst others; this has accumulated over time as per his trips.
Navin Ramgoolam has thus refuted the accusations of money laundering levelled against him after the money was seized from his place.
He will be interrogated again on the 30th of April at the CCID.