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Mauritius: Former Prime Minister Navin Ramgolam released on bail but charged with conspiracy and money laundering

Arrested in early evening on Friday by the police in the case of burglary of his camp of Roches Noires of 3 July, 2011, the former Prime Minister of Mauritius, Navin Ramgoolam was released on parole on Saturday around 18 hours after payment of bail of 200,000 rupees * and recognition of debts of one million rupees for the two charges which have been brought against him.
Navin Ramgoolam will have to answer of conspiracy aimed at obstructing justice in the case of Roches Noires and also to defend against a charge of money laundering.
Indeed his office located in Desforges street in Port-Louis and his home in Riverwalk, Vacoas have been raided. Investigators from the Criminal Brigade got their hands on nearly 5 million rupees in foreign currencies, including more than 70.025 euros and 11,765 pounds.
Two safes and two suitcases have also been seized and the police believe that they could contain up to 200 million rupees. Yesterday, Sunday, opened in the late morning, 15 million rupees (banknotes in rupees and US dollar) have already been found before the counting is halted for the day and resumes today.
According to sources close to the investigation, it might be the Labour Party war chest, as reported by the newspaper L'Express Mauritius.
* One euro roughly equivalent to 38 rupees


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