Pots Of Wine Rs 30 M: Boskalis Continued with Chady and Maunthrooa

9 years, 3 months ago - February 16, 2013
After seven years of investigation with the Central CID took over the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) on the instruction of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Satyajit Boolell, Senior Counsel, formal charges were to be housed, this morning, before the Intermediate Court in the scandal of bribes bribes of Rs 30 million, known as Boskalis case.

The two main suspects in the scandal against the awarding of contracts by the Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) in 2006 are the former president of the board of this organization, the former Labour minister Siddick Chady and former CEO of the MPA Maunthrooa Prakash, Political Campaign Manager on behalf of the MSM. The firm Boskalis Netherlands, who won the contract to dredge the English Channel in the Port, also continued criminal under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PoCA) along the two accused.

The indictment of Siddick Chady, Prakash Maunthrooa and Boskalis had to intervene before the courts appropriate this weekend. The new element in this case is the decision of the DPP to include Boskalis as a co-accused parties. The foreign firm is involved in this scandal jars of wine to finance imports of films the company headed by Siddick Chady.

At the end of this re-investigation under the supervision of ACP and Heman Pregassen Vuddamalay Jangi the Central CID, Boskalis is formally charged under Article 12 (1) dealing Bribery Procuring Contracts for the PoCA. If the firm is found guilty, his representative faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison.

The wording of this clause of the Act reads as follows: "Any person who Chartered Gives gold to give or offers a gratification to a public official in consideration of giving official support That public or using leverage in - (a) Promoting, executing, or procuring a contract with a public body for the performance of a work, the supply of a service, or the procurement of supplies, (b) the payment of the price in a contract for Provided with a public body, (c) Obtaining for That person or for Any Other person, an advantage under a contract for work or procurement, Shall commit an offense and Shall, on conviction, be liable to penal servitude for a term not Exceeding 10 years. '

For their part, Siddick Chady and Prakash Maunthrooa presented as the real brains of this mechanism to require the payment of bribes, kickbacks against the dredging contract in the port, will be prosecuted under Article 7 of the PoCA always with a possible sentence of ten years imprisonment if proven guilty in court. This article PoCA, which deals with the offense of "Public official using his office for gratification," states that "1) Subject to subsection (3), any public official who makes use of his office or position for gratification for himself or a another person commit an offense and Shall Shall we conviction, be liable to penal servitude for a term not Exceeding 10 years. "

Documentary Evidence

Prakash Maunthrooa is considered an accomplice to the crime Siddick Chady "Public Official using his office for gratification." Throughout his interrogation at Central CID and in the presence of his legal counsel, Mr. Bhadain Roshi, former Campaign Manager MSM dismissed allegations of fraud and corruption against him. He argued that the payments made on his behalf by Boskalis represented his consulting fees.

At this point, the DPP has decided to treat another former President of the Board of the Mauritius Ports Authority Philippe Gilbert as a witness along with a dozen others, including representatives of the firm Boskalis . The Central CID investigation confirmed a bank transfer of U.S. $ 25 000 on one of the accounts operated by Philippe Gilbert in a bank in Singapore.

As an explanation of this transaction banking, Philippe Gilbert stated that this amount was the repayment of a debt previously Siddick Chady for financing imports of blockbusters to the company of the former Labour minister. The details provided by Philippe Gilbert would seem he convinced the authorities with the decision to include it on the list of witnesses.

For the purposes of this survey payments of bribes bribes of more than Rs 30 million over several stages, the sleuths of the Central CID benefited from the collaboration of Boskalis, including access to archives for the Documentary Evidence about the instructions for bank remittance. Representatives of the company in the Netherlands are also part of the list of witnesses filed in court through the end of this week pending developments in relation to other aspects of this scandal, which came to light there is at least seven years ...

 

Text by Le Mauricien

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