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Mauritius port chief quits

Mauritius port chief quits

The move follows the on-going prosecution of the former MPA chairman, Siddick Chaddy and the former director-general, Prakash Maunthrooa.

Chaddy has been charged with soliciting and receive bribes involving six payment totalling US$25,000 and €55,750 (US$73,000) between August 2006 and April 2007 from the Dutch dredging company Boskalis International, in return for securing a harbour dredging contract in 2006.

Maunthrooa is charged with having acted as a go-between according to the charges.

Boskalis is subject to six charges and in 2008 was reported to have denied paying bribes to win the contract to dredge the Port Louis harbour.  However, earlier this year the company’s representative, Cornelis Haak, changed its plea to guilty.   The company has yet to be sentenced.

(Source: Ports & Terminals)