Pre-trial held over several weeks in June
The legal system in Mauritius required that a pre-trial took place to determine if there was enough evidence to charge the men with murder, which carries a penalty of up to 60 years in prison.
This pre-trial was held over a number of weeks last June. A magistrate listened to evidence from all of the witnesses before making a report. The findings from the pre-trial were forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who decided the men would stand trial for murder in the Assizes.
The DPP yesterday lodged the case in this court, so it is up to the Assizes judge to set a date for the trial.