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Yes. Mauritius must adhere to UN sanctions. Being a dualist country, statutes have been enacted in Mauritius to adhere to international standards and non-compliance leads to criminal penalties.
Sanctions which are in effect generally apply to:
Yes. As a member of the UN, Mauritius must implement all UN Security Council resolutions.
Yes. As well as following the sanctions put in place by the UN, Mauritius has autonomous terrorist sanctions regimes under:
The most frequently applied measures are:
In general terms, it is a criminal offence to:
Yes. The Financial Services Commission maintains an updated list of UN sanctions targets. There is not, however, a specific list maintained of sanctioned individuals and entities in Mauritius.
Yes. Authorisation systems are available under the relevant laws.
Mauritius does not produce arms. However, under the Explosives Act and the Firearms Act, a permit is required before importing items under the established arms embargo. Such a permit is to be issued by the Commissioner of Police when he is satisfied that requirements under existing laws have been respected.
In respect of controlled goods, export permits are required. Application is to be made to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce.
Whenever freezing of asset orders are issued, the subject has a duty to comply with such orders. Otherwise, they may be held in contempt. The subject may apply to court to obtain a discharge of the orders.
It is a criminal offence to breach the sanctions imposed by law. The penalties for breaches vary. The most common punishments are penal servitude and imprisonment. For example, any person who commits an offence of international terrorism under Section 10 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act is liable on conviction to at least 5 years penal servitude.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption has wide investigatory powers. It creates a set of new corruption offences, which includes “Traffic d’influence”. It is vested with powers for search and seizure and, in certain cases, powers of arrest.
The Financial Services Commission has the mandate to establish norms and standards in order to preserve and maintain the good repute of Mauritius in the financial services sector and ensure that the financial services sector in general, and its licensees in particular, are not used for money laundering and terrorist financing purposes.
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Mauritius’s Anti-Drug Smuggling Unit of the Mauritius Police Force works closely with other law enforcement and health agencies on drug control and treatment programs throughout the country.
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The Financial Intelligence Unit was established under section 9 of the Financial Intelligence and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2002. It is the central Mauritian agency for the request, receipt, analysis and dissemination of financial information regarding suspected proceeds of crime and alleged money laundering offences as well as the financing of any activities or transactions related to terrorism to relevant authorities.
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