Condenmed At 34 Years In Prison: Detainee Veeren Peroomal Wants A More Humane Treatment

Peroomal Veeren no longer wishes to serve his sentence at the Segregation Unit in Beau-Bassin prison.

Peroomal Veeren is incarcerated at the Segregation Unit of Beau-Bassin prison.

Peroomal Veeren is incarcerated at the Segregation Unit of Beau-Bassin prison.

He lodged a request to that effect in the Supreme Court. The case was called on Monday November 21, before the Chief Justice Kheshoe Parsad Matadeen. It was deferred until 9 January 2017.

Peroomal Veeren’s application is directed against the Commissioner of Prisons. He was sentenced on January 16 2012 to 34 years in prison by the Assize Court for drug trafficking. The inmate recounts that he celebrated his 40th birthday on September 25, 2016 at the Beau-Bassin prison after following all the procedures in an affidavit.

Three days later, he is the subject of an internal investigation because he is suspected of “having distributed drugs during this festival”. As a security measure, he is transferred to the Segregation Unit of the Beau-Bassin prison. He is now incarcerated in a two meters long and 1m50 wide room.

Peroomal Veeren argues that his conditions of detention are “illegal, arbitrary and immoral”. He asked the Supreme Court to order the Commissioner of Prisons to review his conditions of detention so that he could serve his sentence with other prisoners. Peroomal Veeren retained the services of Mr. Yousuf Mohamed, Senior Counsel, and Mr. Pazhany Rangasamy.

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