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Mauritius: A French citizen arrested for driving while drunk accused six police officers of having stolen him




Mauritius: A French citizen arrested for driving while drunk accused six police officers of having stolen him
Last Wednesday at around 8 pm, a French citizen is victim of a road accident while travelling on the highway at the height of Quatre-Bornes.

The driver loses the control of his vehicle and damaged his car against the parapets of the motorway.
 
 The accident made no injuries. A patrol of the police of Quatre-Bornes, composed of six officials, is quickly dispatched.

The police submit the French driver to an alcohol test that proves to be positive to 0.77 gram above the permitted threshold.
 
 Arrested for driving while drunk, the citizen is driven in a police cell, before being released during the night.

During his arrest, police officers confiscated his license, his passport, his three credit cards and a sum of 20,000 rupees (500 euros).
 
The next morning, the French citizen goes back to the police station of Quatre-Bornes searching for his seized belongings, but to his surprise his credit cards and his money are not given back to him.
 
Asking for an explanation, the police confiscated the driver denied having credit cards and 20,000 rupees.
 
In the aftermath, the French citizen lodge a complaint against six police for theft and also wrote to the services of the Embassy of France in Port-Louis and the Commissioner of Police to inform them of his misadventure.

An internal police investigation was also initiated to shed any light on this alleged theft case.
 
For his part, the lawyer of the French citizen noted that the accused police officers did not follow the procedure to the letter, by failing in particular to fill the record which must be noted all cases entered on a person placed in a police cell, as relates the newspaper L'Express of Mauritius.



Fabrice François


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