More revelations by wikileaks : Drugs, ICAC, Corruption and Customs

Few months ago, Mauritius was shaken by the inside informations transmitted regarding the Diego Garcia island. These highly confidential information published by Wikileaks have not only change the way governments look upon the world super powers but they have also disclosed thousands of classified data exchanged between embassies around the world.

Extracts below have been copied from http://www.cablegatesearch.net/cable.php?id=08PORTLOUIS205&q=icac :

SUMMARY:
Recent allegations and press reports on corruption scandals in Mauritius highlight an often overlooked issue by those new to or unfamiliar with the island. Upon first impression, Mauritius may look relatively clean, but with some digging – one may find questionable dealings under the surface. Despite the founding of Mauritius’ Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in 2002, the country still suffers from a pervasive and ingrained problem.

To summarise a few points recently released :

  • Bert C. Cunningham is frustrated in his efforts to bring to justice corrupt officials in his own department; he suspects deeply-rooted corruption in high levels of the government; and last but not least – he received death threats against him. Consequently, Cunningham sent his family back to Canada in an effort to protect them
  • Cunningham stated that, during a meeting on April 11, 2008, with government officials, including the Financial Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Ali Mansoor, and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Khemraj Servansing, he was told in no uncertain terms that he should remain quiet about the alleged corruption because if it were to become public, it could bring down the current government of Mauritius. Cunningham noted that he felt warned or even threatened during the meeting
  • During a highly suspicious cargo inspection operation, Cunningham believes the immigration police attempted to prevent the customs officers from inspecting the cargo because the police planned to “deport” the women and keep the drugs as part of an organized smuggling operation.
  • In a drug case in Rodrigues, Cunningham said that the police beat the male smuggler to death that evening while in custody. (Comment: To date, there has been no press report of this incident. End Comment.)
    Cunningham indicated the female police officer (who made the male smuggler go through airport customs without any checks) has not been charged with any crime and said he is being prevented from firing her. […[ Cunningham feels that the smuggler was murdered to keep the corruption ring under wraps, but also surmised that the cover up may have been done to prevent the disclosure of the death in police custody.
  • In a related cigarette smuggling case, a customs informant who was about to provide evidence was found dead – hanging in his hotel room. According to Cunningham, this was an “assisted suicide.”
  • After the death of the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) chief Prem Raddhoa, a very large sum of cash was reportedly found in Raddhoa’s police locker when it was cleaned out after his death. This led to a larger investigation into the activities of the MCIT and to reports that suggest that MCIT officers took “protection” money from “businessmen, bookmakers and others.”
  • A police officer at the Passport and Immigration Office airport division and previous graduate of a U.S. International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) course in detecting fraudulent documents held in Gaborone, was arrested for facilitating an alien smuggling ring.
  • Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam silenced all calls for a special investigation into the MCIT “protection money” during a November 27, 2007, parliamentary session. Ramgoolam stated that the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), founded in 2002 as a result of the Prevention of Corruption Act, has wide ranging powers including access to bank accounts following a judge’s order. (Note: Post suspects that many in the government feel that the ICAC, despite it’s name, is not independent at all. Many government officials cite that ICAC officers are all appointed by and owe their careers and loyalty to the Prime Minister’s Office. End Note.)
  • Post believes that corruption is a problem in Mauritian society that is overlooked by a number of private businesses, NGO’s and Government agencies. Cunningham’s allegations, although startling, seem to be backed up by other entities, and may be only the tip of the iceberg.

To reassure myself, I tried a search on my name, no results… not yet 🙂

Please spread the news!

No, not about my name results but rather about the leaks!

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  • Anonymous

    I always suspected that Cunningham was forced out. An outsider of his calibre and experience would soon detect internal corruption. The clean-up process is a slow one but with the new generation police force and officials the truth will come to light. These revelations are a major scandal for the population who are already fed up with their politicians.

  • Luvnish

    interview of Mr.B Cunningham..

  • Reena Dkl

    Whatever u see in Indian movies…well, Mauritius can be proud to be worse than that!!!  Vote for that fav PM of yours again stupid people of Mauritius!!! pfff!!!

  • Torpedo

    Bravo Dodoland! The glamorous varnish finally cracks and reveals the pus beneath!

    Let’s hope we’ll see through that other Macarena-style story: ‘info’ or ‘intox’, let’s hope someday a Wiki-leaks style document tells us what really happened in what rumour says that an alleged theft of a unique-in-Dodoland watch gets stolen, sent back to its owner within 24 hours for him to boast about during a press interview, while the alleged thief is some days before is found in his police cell, apparently suicide by hanging, and the thief’s parents asking for a question that remains unanswered to this date: who was the victim of the thief?

  • Torpedo

    So far, only Week-End has been working and published a decent summary of the leaks (here), plus a short repot on the PM’s quasi-paranoid distrust of his ministers. Not by the other sensation-prone ones… Strange… 

    It also appears from the frequency of comments – a real desert during the public-holiday-induced “pont” of 5 days – that most commentators check in here during work-time, right?So let’s see how many will now react to this news…

  • Jp

    ;( scary …

  • The Devil

    Whoever thought that Mauritius is a clean and safe country is an ARSE.
    And for many who don’t know: we have our special death squadron here itself in Mauritius.

    Concerning drugs, only the small fishes are caught. The big sharks are UNTOUCHED and PROTECTED by law.

    @364ece096841439f595e156d955a01e4:disqus It wasn’t really a theft. *Cough*Macarena Party 2*cough*

  • scout unit 1

    @6f25bde230faaec9e1c3dbb8b70b3283:disqus what do you mean by ‘special death squadron’, please elaborate.

  • Purampokiri

    A lot of saying has been going on- well in fact since the birth of our independence- but do we have folks with gut (f… dans f….) to stage something.

  • The silence about this wikileaks report is indeed deafening. Especially when you consider the speed at which our government reacted to the first string of leaks, but absolutely nothing from our dearest Navin since this second stream of leaks.
    At times, silence speaks louder than words.

  • Zotte zis exciter au debut, apres difeu teigne.

  • Revivre_Lepok

    Do you know better MAURITIUS to criticise it. Stop being a hypocrite, go and learn from your mama what mauritius is really is. I am from Mauritius and we better know how we have been through to held our headwith pride and say we are proud to be Mauritians.

  • crypto

    So, in the recent operation where a big drug smuggling network was broken up, the guys didn’t pay their protection money to our banana republic representatives?

  • Sunyukta Au

    i wonder what happened to the investigations….tou ine teigne. :S
    i landed on this page when i googled wikileaks mauritius.
    i guess that’s REALLY the tip of the ICEBERG. i wonder what’s more to come. :/
    the root cause of corruption. more seems to be the people around in govt. most of them are roder boutes… :S