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Roches Noires Case – Ramgoolam, Jokhoo And Sooroojebally Plead Not Guilty

The trial of former Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam and two former senior officers of the police, Dev Jokhoo and Rampersad Sooroojebally in the Roches Noires case was called on Monday morning, May 2 before the Magistrate, Renuka Dabee in the intermediate Court.

All three have pleaded not guilty to the appeal trial. The meeting lasted only a few minutes. The trial was set “pro forma” on May 20 after a motion by the defense requesting documents relating to the case.

According to our intersections, Mr. Gavin Glover, one of the lawyers of Navin Ramgoolam, wrote to the Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr. Mohana Naidoo, for documents such as OB [Occurrence Book] and DB [Diary Book] Entries including the police station in Rivière du Rempart. Me and Mohana Naidoo replied that his request was forwarded to the Commissioner of Police.

No witness was present in court for the first session including the businessman, Rakesh Gooljaury, a former close friend of Navin Ramgoolam, who is the key witness for the prosecution in this case.

Navin Ramgoolam was represented in Court by Mr Gavin Glover, Senior Counsel, and Shaukat Oozeer. His “leading counsel,” Sir Hamid Moollan Q.C., was absent.

Rampersad Sooroojebally was represented by Narghis Bhundun while Dev Jokhoo retained the services of My Mooloo Gujadhur and Shyam Servansingh.

The former prime minister faces a formal charge of conspiracy in connection with the investigation into the burglary of his bungalow in Roches Noires on the night of 2 to 3 July 2011.

The two former senior police officers, Dev Jokhoo and Rampersad Sooroojebally, were charged under the same charge.

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