Journalists who showed Soodhun video to prime minister questioned by CCID

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Nad Sivaramen and Axcel Chenney were questioned by the police today

The investigation into the racially inappropriate comments made by former Showkutally Soodhun is progressing at a steady pace with officers from the Central Criminal Investigation Department (CCID) present at the La Sentinelle headquarters today, Wednesday 15 November.

The officers came to interrogate Nad Sivaramen, director of publication of La Sentinelle, and Axcel Chenney, journalist, over the Soodhun incident. Sivaramen and Chenney were the journalists who met with Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth last week to show him the video where Soodhun is heard making the disparaging comments over a particular ethnicity and the allocation of units in a National Housing Development Company (NHDC) project in Bassin.

The CCID wanted to know who provided the video to them but both journalists refused to do so, citing the protection of sources. The investigators are also expected to pay a visit to the Defimedia Group, who chose to post the controversial video of Soodhun. The last step will probably be the interrogation of the former vice prime minister himself. 

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On le croyait invincible et intouchable après que ses nombreuses frasques qui ont défrayé la chronique depuis le début de son mandat et qui sont passées sans qu’on le sanctionne. Mais Showkutally Soodhun s’est résigné à donner sa démission d’un «commun accord» avec le Premier ministre Pravind Jugnauth, après qu’une vidéo dans laquelle il tient des propos à relent communal a été publiée. Retour sur le scandale qui a fait tomber le n°4 du gouvernement.

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