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Navin Ramgoolam Will Appear Before The Financial Crimes Division On 6 September

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Dr Navin Ramgoolam will have to appear again before the Financial Crimes Division on 6 September for the continuation of his trial in the safety deposit box case.

The former Prime Minister appeared before the Financial Crimes Division in connection with the safe deposit box affair this Monday. He faces twenty-three counts of overpayment under section 5 of the Financial Intelligence and Anti Money Laundering Act.

The PTr leader is accused of having accepted Rs 63.8 million in cash between 31 January 2009 and 7 February 2015, a period of six years.

Dr Navin Ramgoolam attempted to contest this new case brought against him before the Financial Crimes Division (FCD).  But on 8 February this year, the Supreme Court rejected his application. The Privy Council also rejected his application on 3 July 2023. This Monday, his lawyer, Mr Gavin Glover, made a few announcements before magistrate Abdool Raheem Tahjudin. In particular, he plans to submit a series of motions, which will first be communicated to the prosecution and examined by the court on 6 September.

Mr Glover also states that he intends to raise a few preliminary points and hopes to know the prosecution’s position by early September.

As a reminder, this case had been struck out on 19 November 2019 in the Intermediate Court. However, the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) had appealed against this decision.The Supreme Court then ordered a retrial in 2022. But Navin Ramgoolam appealed to the King’s Privy Council. This body refused to grant his request on 3 July.

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