Director of Public Prosecutions v Jugnauth and another (Mauritius)

Conflict of interest – Public service contracts. An appeal challenging the quashing of a conviction for conflict of interest, concerning the first respondent Vice Prime Minister of Mauritius (J), was dismissed. J was a shareholder and former director of a company which, some years following his resignation as a director, had been awarded a public contract concerning a hospital project. His sister was a director and shareholder of the company. The Privy Council construed s 13(2) and (3) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 2002 and held, among other things, that the Supreme Court of Mauritius had correctly concluded that J's decision to approve a reallocation of funds, concerning the hospital project, at the stage after funds had been identified, after the payment deadline had been determined and the contract had been awarded, and after the contract amount had been determined, had not been a decision in which his sister had had any personal interest.

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