Today Ralph Volcere Editor in Chief of the Seychelles Weekly paper was in court to face down an order that he be remanded to prison for commenting on the case of PDM VS Election Commission. The Supreme Court of Seychelles was surrounded early in the morning with armed state police numbering 30 to 35 in total. The Public was prevented and obstructed by armed men from entering the Supreme Court of Seychelles grounds and premises, to view the case in the court room and many were barred from entering court premises by armed state police and armed military personnel.
Apparently the order to place these military personnel on court grounds was an order issued by State House, Executive Branch of Government. It appears to the Public that the military personnel are in direct command by James Michel. It also appears that the Commissioner of Police has not been requested to place police officers at the Court house by any judge, and in fact, this is an order from State House, which has overtly usurped the independence of the Judiciary. Thus, the veracity of the claims against Mr. Ralph Volcere, cannot be tested. For justice must not only be seen to be done, but it must be served.
Judge Duncan Gaswaga in full court called upon SP Cecile of the Seychelles Police force and asked him to clear the court grounds and allow the public to take part in the proceedings to be witnesses to justice being served. This is standard in any democratic society. The Court reserved judgment and will deliver a decision at a later date.
With such gross and obvious interference by the Executive Branch of government in this judicial affair, and the overt use of state police, to intimidate the public and the accused in the case, which has subjugated the Judiciary as an inferior branch of government to the Executive Branch, the only proper course of action by any court, facing a similar standoff, by the Executive Branch of government, is to dismiss the vexatious case.
To make matters worse and add salt to the wound of Seychelles fake democracy, the Attorney General pleaded to add a Fourth more charge against Mr. Volcere.
Who will sue the Executive Branch run by James Michel for interfering in the work of the Judiciary in Seychelles? Who will demand now, that the Commissioner of Police, resign for abdication of his constitutional role and his independence from State House?
Given a free hand, dictators always trample on the Judiciary, not to mention the Free Press and of course, the editors of the same. The Commissioner of Police gets the same treatment as the Judges from dictators.