The death of police officer Arvind Hurreechurn at the Moka Detention Center is suspicious.
This is the conclusion of the lawyer Herve Lassémillante, Deputy Chairperson of the National Preventive Mechanism Division of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), who visited the Moka Detention Center on October 31 a few hours after the police officer Arvind Hurreechurn’s death.
On his return from a trip to Madagascar, policeman Arvind Hurreechurn, about thirty years old, was arrested on October 25 with 2 kilos of heroin worth Rs 35 million in his suitcases at the airport of Plaisance.
On the night of Saturday October 28, Arvind Hurreechurn was found dead in his cell. He committed suicide by hanging.
But Me Hervé Lassémillante believes that this death is “suspicious”. He drafted a report after his visit to the Moka Detention Center; which was tabled in the National Assembly on Tuesday November 15 by Opposition leader Paul Bérenger.
In his two-page report, Hervé Lassémillante reviewed the events that occurred before the discovery of the lifeless body of Arvind Hurreechurn. Placed in cell no. 14, he was under the supervision of several policemen.
It was Constable Beeharry who made the macabre discovery at midnight. His last patrol was at 11:30 pm. At that time Arvind Hurreechurn was still alive.
It was reported that at the time of the macabre discovery, the detainees of cells 12 and 13 were sleeping.
It was explained to Me Hervé Lassémillante, during his visit to the Moka Detention Center, that police officer Arvind Hurrechurn would have committed suicide with a towel hanging from a sink.
But Hervé Lassémillante believes that it is difficult for a medium-sized individual to kill himself by hanging from an object that is barely three feet from the ground and without the police hearing or see anything.
This is why the National Human Rights Commission is asking for a copy of the autopsy report on Arvind Hurreechurn.
Me Hervé Lassémillante added that several surveillance cameras at the Moka Detention Center were operational, but that the detainee had been placed in a cell with a camera that did not work.
Mr. Hervé Lassémillante speaks of a “monumental error”.
In the National Assembly on Tuesday November 15, Paul Bérenger tabled this two-page report. He wanted to know if Interim Prime Minister Xavier-Luc Duval was aware of the shadows raised by Mr. Hervé Lassémillante.
Xavier-Luc Duval then called for “unfounded statements” to be avoided around the death in cell of Constable Arvind Hureechurn.
Xavier-Luc Duval said the police are not in the presence of any video or photo of the corpse before it was taken to the hospital. This is because the policeman, who made the discovery, wanted to resuscitate constable Arvind Hurreechurn and urgently transport him to the hospital.
That explains, according to Xavier-Luc Duval, why no officer of the Scene of Crime Office (Soco), nor police doctors were present there.
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Xavier-Luc Duval confirmed that the surveillance camera placed in front of the cell in question was defective because the system dates from 2003 and must be replaced.
“Why did we choose a cell with a camera that does not work?,” asked members of the Opposition.
Xavier-Luc Duval explained that this cell had a toilet and was privileged for safety reasons.
When Paul Bérenger raised the report of Hervé Lassémillante, Xavier-Luc Duval indicated that an investigation had been initiated by the Major Crimes Investigation Team (MCIT), and that the autopsy attributed the death of Constable Arvind Hurreechurn to asphyxia due to hanging.
“Do not make a statement if we do not have proof,” Xavier-Luc Duval said.