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Mauritius: The Director of public prosecutions relaunching the debate on the introduction of the remissions for prisoners sentenced in drug cases




Mauritius: The Director of public prosecutions relaunching the debate on the introduction of the remissions for prisoners sentenced in drug cases
The Director of public prosecutions (Editor's Note: Equivalent of the Attorney of the Republic) has been favorable in its last monthly bulletin to the introduction of the remissions in the legal system of Mauritius, which currently excludes any reduction of sentences from a law of 1994 (Dangerous Drugs Act) to persons sentenced in drug-related cases.

Taking a position resulting from a judgment rendered on 9 July last by the European Court of the human rights (ECHR) which stipulates that prison life imprisonment is contrary to the convention of human rights since convicts can thus never re-enter society and face an "inhuman and degrading treatment".

For Officers Association of the prison administration of Mauritius (POA), the reintroduction of remission of sentence for prisoners convicted in drug cases, which now account for 70-75% of the prison population, is welcomed, as related by the newspaper L'Express of Mauritius.

For Jackie Kamanah, secretary of the POA believes that instead of rehabilitating prisoners convicted in drug cases, the current legislation "punish them" severely before anything else.
 
The solution according to him "is not to confine" for long mandatory sentences, but rather to emphasize the part of the rehabilitation of the prisoners concerned.
 
"When someone has nothing to lose, he will behave badly", added Jackie Kamanah yet.



Fabrice François


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