Mau­ri­tius at­tor­ney gen­eral steps down amid money laun­der­ing probe

Stabroek News - - EDITORIAL -

PORT LOUIS, (Reuters) - The at­tor­ney gen­eral of the is­land na­tion of Mau­ri­tius stepped down yes­ter­day af­ter al­le­ga­tions he had helped laun­der gam­bling money.

Prime Min­is­ter Pravind Kumar Jug­nauth told re­porters he wanted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Ravi Yer­ri­gadoo to be con­ducted trans­par­ently.

The In­dian Ocean is­land mar­kets it­self as a link be­tween Africa and Asia and is striv­ing to move from an econ­omy mostly based on sugar, tex­tiles and tourism to­wards off­shore bank­ing, busi­ness out­sourc­ing, lux­ury real es­tate and med­i­cal tourism. A scan­dal could hurt its bur­geon­ing fi­nan­cial ser­vices in­dus­try.

“If Ravi Yer­ri­gadoo is cleared he will be able to re­sume of­fice,” Jug­nauth said.

Mau­ri­tius-based L’Ex­press news­pa­per re­ported yes­ter­day that an af­fi­davit had been filed be­fore the Supreme Court ac­cus­ing Yer­ri­gadoo of try­ing to fa­cil­i­tate the trans­fer of gam­bling money through a fi­nan­cial struc­ture. It was not clear who had filed the af­fi­davit.

In a state­ment, Yer­ri­gadoo de­nied the al­le­ga­tions and said he had quit to avoid the per­cep­tion of a con­flict of in­ter­est while the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was in progress. In March 2016, the en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter was also forced to re­sign over cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions. WASH­ING­TON, (Reuters) - Pete Domenici, a for­mer mi­nor league baseball pitcher who be­came a ma­jor league power player in the U.S. Se­nate on en­ergy and bud­get is­sues and New Mex­ico’s long­est-serv­ing se­na­tor, died on Wed­nes­day in Albuquerque at age 85.

Domenici, a Repub­li­can, served as chair­man of the Bud­get Com­mit­tee and En­ergy and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Com­mit­tee dur­ing his 36 years in the Se­nate be­fore de­cid­ing not to seek re-elec­tion in 2008 due to a de­gen­er­a­tive brain dis­ease.

Brandi Sanchez, a spokes­woman for his son’s law firm in Albuquerque, con­firmed the death of the for­mer se­na­tor.

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell wrote on Twit­ter that the Se­nate was sad­dened to learn of “the pass­ing of our friend Se­na­tor Pete Domenici.”

Domenici, the son of Ital­ian im­mi­grants, was a key player in a 1997 bal­anced bud­get mea­sure ne­go­ti­ated with Demo­cratic Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton and was a prom­i­nent sup­porter of nuclear en­ergy.

Pete Domenici

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