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