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Agliotti denies Mauritius political, drugs scandal

Agliotti denies Mauritius political, drugs scandal

Glenn Agliotti says newspaper reports in Mauritius linking him to drug busts in that country are “bull****” and he’s going to sue for defamation.

An article in the Mauritian drew a connection between Agliotti and the owner of a boat that was to be used in transporting 140kg of cannabis from Reunion Island.

In June, the boat was recovered at the seaside village of Flic-en-Flac on the west coast of Mauritius. Several politically connected individuals have been questioned by authorities.

The newspaper report says investigations have stalled and no arrests have been made in connection with the bust. It also raises questions about a probe into a record seizure of 95kg of cocaine which occurs in Les Pailles (Port Louis) in July.

Media in Mauritius have also been speculating for several days about whether Agliotti has fled the country where he has been living for the past few years, after questions were asked in Parliament there about his status and political connections.

In 2006, Agliotti pleaded guilty to drug smuggling in South Africa and received a suspended sentence. He was also acquitted of murder in the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg for orchestrating the assisted suicide of mining magnate Brett Kebble. He testified against former police commissioner Jackie Selebi in his corruption trial, admitting to bribing the former top cop.