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The decision fell on Tuesday June 11, 2024 at the Port-Louis court. Vimen Sabapati will not be able to leave Mauritian territory. This is what magistrate Naazish Sakauloo ruled, emphasizing that the 39-year-old former national Muay Thai trainer failed to “demonstrate an absolute necessity to travel”.

The Vacoassian had requested, through his lawyer Mr. Shakeel Mohamed, the temporary lifting of the travel ban on him. He cited the fact that he wanted to go abroad during the period from June 15 to July 7, 2024. He planned to go to Thailand to attend a Muay Thai training session in the company of ten of his students. He also wanted to go to China to buy a boxing ring for Muay Thai.

The prosecution opposed this request. According to Sergeant Samad Korimbocus of the Special Striking Team (SST), Vimen Sabapati faces a heavy sentence if he is found guilty at the Assizes. The magistrate admitted that the risk of flight is “plausible” given the circumstances.

The accused was arrested by the SST on May 3, 2023 after the alleged discovery, in his vehicle, of 10.35 kg of heroin worth Rs 150 million. He was released on bail on October 5, 2023. He is the subject of three provisional charges before the Port-Louis court: drug trafficking, money laundering and criminal conspiracy. The prosecution was represented by Mr. Bhamini Prayag Rajcoomar, Acting Principal State Counsel.

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