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L’enquête sur le naufrage du MV Wakashio « bientôt remis au DPP »


Rédigé par E. Moris le Mercredi 3 Février 2021



C’est l’assistant surintendant Roshan Kokil qui l’a déclaré au tribunal de Port-Louis hier. Mais compte tenu du fait que son patron, le DCP Heman Jangi, est un homme de parole, reste à savoir quel crédit accorder aux paroles de son subalterne.

Le haut gradé du CCID a précisé que le dossier du naufrage du Wakashio sera bientôt remis au DPP

Rappelons que Kokil est l’enquêteur principal dans cette affaire. Il a été interrogé lors de la comparution du Chief Officer du navire, Hitihamillage Subodha Janendra Tilakaratna, devant le tribunal de Port-Louis hier. C’est suite à une demande de Me Amira Peeroo, l’avocat du no 2 du Wakashio, quye l’ASP Kokil a tenu ses propos. L’avocate voulait savoir où en était l’enquête. Rappelons que le capitaine du Wakashio, Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar, a également comparu devant la justice hier. Ils sont tous deux accusés provisoirement de « violation of innocent passage ».

Mercredi 3 Février 2021


1.Posté par Stephen Spark le 04/02/2021 23:00
This presumably refers to the criminal investigation by the CCID. As opposed to the accident investigation conducted by Captain Coopen of the Shipping Department. And as opposed to the investigation by the Court of Investigation, which is still continuing.

It's all very irregular, because no defence lawyer in his right mind would allow defendants in a criminal case - in the case the Captain and First Officer of Wakashio - to give evidence in a public inquiry when anything they say could be taken out of context and used against them in court.

Unless some sort of pact has been made under the table (quite possible, given those 'occult forces' Me Mohamed spoke of a while ago), then Capt Nandeshwar and F/O Tilakaratna would be well advised to say nothing. Which is a pity, because we really need to know what happened.

Captain Coopen presumably DOES know what happened, as he was in charge of that official no-fault accident investigation. But, in defiance of IMO regulations, it hasn't been published.

The Court of Investigation is, I fear, turning into a bit of a farce. The investigators have become obsessed with the number of bottles of whisky and cans of beer held in the ship's stores rather than finding out if any of it was actually consumed by the Navigating Officer on the bridge. That should be the ONLY relevance of the alcohol. If no one who was meant to be on duty drank alcohol, there simply is no point in that line of questioning.

What's more important is to find out WHO (if anyone) was on the bridge from 6pm to 7.30pm and why they failed to keep to safe water (ie water with sufficient depth under the keel to prevent grounding). Once you know that, you can question them about drink. But also about the radar, ECDIS, echosounder and that useful item of human navigation equipment - a pair of eyes.

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