MAURITIUS

UPDATED: MP Benedin accused at drug inquiry?

ML leader Ivan Collendaveloo is said to be pondering on quitting the government anytime, says a source to WFTV, who mentioned a clash with PM Pravind Jugnauth on the Commission of Inquiry on Drugs.

The arguments between the two party leaders were about the accusation against an ML MP, Toolsyraj Benydin, whose name was apparently mentioned as a person of interest in the Commission Of Inquiry On Drugs.

The inquiry was held in-camera and the witness’ identity remains incognito, while journalists were barred from the hearing.

The daily Le Mauricien today said there were ‘Arresting Pieces of Evidence’ that would steer the direction of the inquest into new elements connecting some VVIP’s close to the political class and the drug business in Mauritius.

With the audition Under Oath, the allegations by the witness will be the object of some tough verification and counter-verification by the inquest before the commission can launch the next step, though the commission does not have “Powers of Arrest”, said the daily.

The session also saw a large contingency of the Anti-Drug & Smuggling Unit and of the National Security Service. 

Rumours are also circulating that accusations may be made against two more MP’s of the ruling coalition.and this prospect has shattered PM Jugnauth, who apparently told Collendavello that he did not appreciate the accusation made against the ML MP.

It is said the prospects of more MP’s being singled out in the inquiry shattered PM Jugnauth, who apparently told Collendavello that he did not appreciate the accusation made against the ML MP.

Another MP, Mr. Oree, elected in the constituency No.4 may be in trouble along with two others whose names are being guessed. There are also rumours about another Minister, but WFTV could not get the name of the said Minister or whether the Minister would also be accused at the inquest.

Some four MPs are also rumoured as going around with tags for ‘SALE’ in their bid to jump from the current regime into the opposition.

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