Monday 23 October 2017

Collective groan as slow-moving trial struck by yet another delay

Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

"LET us all stand for a minute's silence," said Judge Prithviraj Fecknah, right, as he began proceedings yesterday morning.

The former chief justice of Mauritius, Judge Rajsoomer Lallah (79), "one of the greatest legal minds this island has ever had", Judge Fekna said, had passed away at the weekend. His funeral was held yesterday and, for that reason, trial proceedings were due to end at 11.30am.

The announcement was met with a collective groan from the assembled press and other onlookers, as the trial is already at least two weeks behind schedule, with no end in sight.

It was 11.15am when Judge Fecknah said, "We will call it a day."

However, minutes after the court had cleared out, barristers' phones began to ring and word spread that the hearing would resume again that afternoon.

The current chief justice, Bernard Sik Yuen, was ordering everyone back to court after the funeral. It seems he, at least, has a desire for the case to be finished this year.

Irish Independent

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