Status of a South African Citizen in a Prison in Mauritius

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO 45

DATE REPLY SUBMITTED: 08 JUNE 2004

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 2 OF 2004 (28 MAY 2004)

MRS SM CAMERER (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

(1) Whether in the past twelve months representatives of the SA High Commission in Mauritius visited a certain South African person who is being held in a Mauritian prison; if not, why not; if so, what arrangements have been made to ensure that the said person has legal representation;
(2) Whether a final court date has been determined; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? N47E

REPLY:

(1) Yes, representatives from the South African High Commission in Mauritius visited the person in question on a number of occasions since her/his arrest on the 11 March 2003.

A list of registered lawyers in Mauritius was provided to the family. The family has elected to utilise the services of a private lawyer, who has been appointed.

(2) A final court date has not been determined. According to the investigating officer, the trial date would only be set once the Prosecution has finalised its investigation and submitted its report to the Director of Public Prosecutions. This is a matter to be determined by the Mauritian authorities.


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