Publication of the July 2018 Report from the independent Commission of Inquiry on Drug Trafficking.
Friday 27th July 2018 saw the release and publication of the Report from The Commission of Inquiry on Drug Trafficking (link to report at end). This extensive report goes into details of the serious drugs problem plaguing Mauritius. It comes at a time when the present Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth has initiated an all out war on drug trafficking.
The immediate effect of this hot report saw the resignation of two members of parliament from their portfolio responsibilities.
The Commission’s investigations has shown that there could be lawyers having liaisons with criminals in prison which are not necessarily their clients. Therefore suspicions of acting as go-between. On pages 227-228 there are interesting facts about lawyers interaction with condemned criminals in prison.
Recommendations on the utopia for a drug free island is described in page 27. This includes a strong need for a change in standards of practices and protocols.
On page 4 the list of illicit and types of drugs is highlighted for Chapter 4, pages 47-49. The extent of the problem for Mauritius is phenomenal. Just looking at the record seizures on page 50 gives an indication of the ongoing difficulties to stop trafficking.
This extensive report covers just about every aspect of illicit drug trafficking and its circulation on the island. It also makes many recommendations for changes to tighten security and procedures. One urgent recommendation is for the creation of a Drug Enforcement Agency to combine the present separate entities from the police force and customs.
It would be impossible on this blog to discuss every aspect or items of the 260 page report. However, the work of this Commission is unprecedented in the history of this country. Such in-depth research and investigation into the problem and the internal organization is to be commended. It remains to be seen if there will be a significant political will for implementation and change in laws, protocols and structural entities to get at the root of this criminal activity.