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January 28, 2014

Summoned Before the EOC, Sik Yuen Refuses to Appear

He was given until the end of the month. But Michael Sik Yuen has decided not to appear before the Equal Opportunities Commission. It is alleged the Minister of Tourism have made discriminatory remarks during a meeting at Curepipe in the municipal elections of 2012.

It was originally scheduled to appear before the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) on January 15. Having given until the end of the month, Michael Sik Yuen, who must answer to charges of political discrimination against him, decided not to go there.

His lawyer, Rama Valayden, sent a letter to this effect to the EOC Friday. He explained that his client intends to exercise his right to silence. " It is absolutely right to do so, the EOC is not a court of justice. It can therefore rely on his right to silence , "said a source close to the case to Lexpress.

It is alleged the Minister of Tourism have made discriminatory remarks during a meeting at Curepipe in the municipal elections of 2012. Two witnesses say that Michael Sik Yuen told the crowd that the central government does not décaisserait funds for the projects of the opposition-controlled municipalities.

After the declaration of the first witness, (Editor's note, Michael Sik Yuen) has denied the affair. Then there was a second witness and minister wanted to know the identity of this witness , "says the source. However, the EOC has only conveyed the facts alleged against him. " The EOC was only waiting for the formal charges against him to finalize the response file. "

The commission will decide today at a meeting, the fate of Michael Sik Yuen. " Tomorrow (Editor's note Monday), we will decide whether to go to the Equal Opportunities Tribunal in the case. "

Lexpress tried to call Mr Rama Valayden for more details, in vain.

 

Text by lexpress.mu
 

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