Ministry of Justice
102 Petty France
Mr John Bonham
Date: 2 December 2020
Dear Mr Bonham
Thank you for your e-mail of the 16 November 2020, in which you asked for the following
information from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ): I would like to know whether or not, there is or was an investigation related to serious
fraud or money laundering where the current Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind
Kumar Jugnauth and Loganaden Govinden (a Mauritian/UK citizen) are involved,
between year 2011 and now, and if so, where matter stands. Furthermore, any
explanation into why investigation has been stopped, discontinued and/or struggling.
The investigation concerned a transfer of MUR 20 million between two UK based bank
accounts holders, that is, from Mr Govinden to one Mr Rowntree, for the purchase of
lands in Mauritius by the Prime Minister named above. I would be very much grateful
if above required information may be made available to the public under FOI.
I am writing to advise you that your enquiry does not fall under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 (FOIA) regime and has been rejected by the Disclosure Team.
It may be helpful if I explain that the FOIA gives individuals and organisations the right of
access to all types of recorded information held, at the time the request is received, by public
authorities such as the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Section 84 of the FOIA states that in order
for a request for information to be handled as a FOI request, it must be for recorded
For example, a FOI request would be for a copy of a policy, rather than an explanation as to
why we have that policy in place. On occasion, the MoJ receives requests that do not ask for
recorded information, but ask more general questions about, for example, a policy, opinion
or a decision.
You may wish to re-submit your enquiry to the Ministry of Justice, which will be treated as
Official Correspondence. Our contact details are as follows:
102 Petty France
Contact Form: https://contact-moj.dsd.io/
If you do have any questions relating specifically to the FOIA or Data Protection Act (DPA),
please contact the Disclosure Team at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For your advice and assistance, I would advise that any such
request clarifies what specific recorded information you would be requesting from MoJ? It
would help if any such request clarified if you are asking for any particular report, or court
case details? On receipt of a request for recorded information, then MoJ could be able to
process your request as an FOIA.
Please be aware that we cannot guarantee at this stage that any information will be held for
any clarified request, or that any FOIA exemptions will not apply. Also, MoJ may not be the
appropriate authority to contact on this subject because it could be Home Office, or CPS
who such an enquiry needs to be directed to.
Yours sincerely The Disclosure Team