GIS - 15 July 2015: The President of the Republic, Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, has in accordance with Section 2(2) of the Commission of Inquiry Act, issued on 14 July 2015 a Commission to inquire and report on all aspects of Drug Trafficking in Mauritius.
Mr Paul Lam Shang Leen, former Judge of the Supreme Court, will chair the Commission of Inquiry and he will have as Assessors Mr Samioullah Lauthan, Social Worker, former Member of the National Assembly, and currently member of the Human Rights Division of the National Human Rights Commission, and Dr Ravind Kumar Domun, Acting Director, Health Services, Ministry of Health and Quality of Life.
The terms of reference of the Commission are to inquire into, and report on, all aspects of drug trafficking in Mauritius, including the scale and extent of the illicit drug trade and consumption in Mauritius and their economic and social consequences and also the sources/points of origin/routes of illicit drugs, the channels of entry and distribution of drugs in Mauritius and the channels of entry and distribution of drugs in prisons.
It will also be responsible to inquire into the availability of new types of drugs, including synthetic and designer drugs, in Mauritius and the linkages between drug trafficking, money laundering, terrorist financing and other crimes.
The Commission will look into the adequacy of existing legislation, the operational effectiveness of the various agencies involved in the fight against drug trafficking and the adequacy of the existing resources, including human expertise technology and equipment, to detect and counter any attempt to introduce drug, including designer and synthetic drugs in Mauritius.
The Commission will be mandated to fostering linkages and coordination among the various agencies and other local, regional and international entities dealing with drugs related matters for better strategic direction.
It will also look into the effectiveness of drug treatment and rehabilitation programmes as well as harm reduction strategies, national prevention, education and drug repression strategies, with emphasis on youth;.
The tracking of funds in order to identify illicit activities and whether there is any evidence of political influence in the drug trafficking trade are also among the responsibilities of the Commission.
The Commission will make recommendations as appropriate, including such action as is deemed necessary to fight the problem of importation, distribution and consumption of illicit drugs in the Republic of Mauritius as well as any statutory amendments, as may be necessary, to better safeguard the interests of the public at large.
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