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Bruneau Laurette arrested in drug raid, security stepped up at Line Barracks

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Bruneau Laurette arrested in drug raid, security stepped up at Line Barracks
Bruneau Laurette pictured on his arrival at Line Barracks. Photo: Defi Media

Mauritian political activist Bruneau Laurette was arrested on Friday afternoon by the Police Headquarters Special Striking Team.

According to media reports, Laurette’s arrest was made by the team led by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ashik Jagai after an operation in Petit Verger, St Pierre.

During the operation, a “large quantity of drugs”, two pistols and bullets, as well as Rs75,000 in cash were allegedly discovered in a house rented by Laurette.

Bruneau Laurette arrested in drug raid, security stepped up at Line Barracks

Initial reports suggest that some 46 kgs of Hashish, worth Rs230 million, were seized as well as 700 grams of a Cannabinoid substance estimated to be worth Rs3.5million.

Bruneau Laurette arrested in drug raid, security stepped up at Line Barracks

According to Police Press Officer Inspector Shiva Coothen, the activist did not show any resistance during his arrest.

Bruneau Laurette arrested in drug raid, security stepped up at Line Barracks
The car in which the drugs were allegedly found. Image: Defi Media

One other person, said to be his son, was also arrested.

Lawyers Sanjeev Teeluckdharry and Anoop Goondary, who rushed to assist, were reportedly not given access to the activist, on grounds that they would also be quizzed in the matter.

Bruneau Laurette arrested in drug raid, security stepped up at Line Barracks
Photo: Defi Media

According to Defi Media, Laurette was to be detained ‘in communicado’ – meaning no access to his lawyers fore 36 hours.

However, this would not be case, according to lawyer Shakeel Mohamed after he was authorised to meet Laurette.

“My client has rejected the accusations against him,” Mohamed told reporters gathered at the Line Barracks.

“My client said he has nothing to do with what happened… and nothing was found on him.”

The lawyer added that “what is happening is extremely serious”.

Bruneau Laurette reportedly confided to the lawyer that his car was parked in a place that was accessible to anyone.

Speaking to RadioPlus, Shakeel Mohamed said his client also “shared some extremely disturbing elements”.

Security has reportedly been stepped at the Police Headquarters – with several units of the Special Support Unit (anti-riot) said to be on high alert.

Reacting to Laurette’s arrest, Jean Claude Barbier of minor party ‘Linion Pep Morisien’ said the government “wants to attack extra-parliamentary groups.”

He denounced what he called “government repression”.

Laurette and his son were expected to be detained overnight at an undisclosed location.

Sources: Defi Media, l’Express

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