FRANCE-MAURITIUS: Mauritius releases French woman in drug smuggling case

The Mauritian Supreme Court described the sentence as “unjust”. “The judges had not properly evaluated the evidence presented,” it said before ordering her release.

“I am deeply moved. I thank all those who have supported me here in Mauritius and in France,” Aurore Gros-Coissy said on Wednesday while leaving the Rose Hill jail.

Gros-Coissy, aged 28, was arrested four years ago with about 1,680 Subutex tablets in her suitcase at the airport of the Mauritian capital Port-Louis. Subutex is a drug sold on prescription in France as a heroin substitute, but is banned in Mauritius.

She has been placed in jail since August 2011 pending investigation although she has always claimed her innocence.

“This has been a traumatic time for Aurore, I would not want anyone to experience it,” her lawyer Gavin Glover said.

Gros-Coissy said the drugs were placed in her luggage without her knowledge by her ex-boyfriend. The ex-boyfriend, a Mauritian citizen, was supposed to have accompanied her to Mauritius but he had cancelled his trip last minute.

“I expected it, I trusted Mauritian justice,” her mother said after the hearing.

But the case does not stop here, “we are to file a complaint in France against all those named during the trial,” her lawyer said. “It will be a way to fight against Subutex smuggling and to inform the French people about traps into which they may fall,” he added.

Source: rfi afrique