Mauritius overturns French woman's drug smuggling sentence

25th November 2015, Comments 0 comments

A court in Mauritius overturned Wednesday the conviction of a French woman sentenced to 20 years in jail for drug smuggling on the Indian Ocean island and ordered her release.

Aurore Gros-Coissy, 27, was arrested in 2011 with 1,680 Subutex tablets, a drug sold on prescription in France as a heroin substitute for those trying to end their addiction, but banned in Mauritius.

She has always maintained her innocence, claiming the drugs were placed there by a friend whose mother, Mauritian national Giantee Ramchurn, was also sentenced to 20 years in jail. She has not appealed her sentence.

The Supreme Court described the sentence as "unjust", saying that the judges had not properly evaluated the evidence presented.

"This has been a traumatic time for Aurore, I would not want anyone to experience it," her lawyer Gavin Glover said.

"I expected it, I trusted Mauritian justice," Seline Gros-Coissy, Aurore's mother, said after the hearing.

At least three other French nationals have been jailed in Mauritius for smuggling Subutex and are serving prison terms ranging from 15 to 18 years.

© 2015 AFP

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