Fiona alleges drug peddlers-police nexus for daughter`s death
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Last Updated: Saturday, July 31, 2010, 22:11
Panaji: Fiona Mackeown, mother of Scarlett Eden Keeling, on Saturday said she considers that people responsible for her daughter's death were part of the drug peddler-policemen and politician nexus.

"I could not believe anyway that the way they treated me and the way I had no support from the government and the way some ministers verbally attacked me, this can't be without a nexus," Fiona told reporters here.

"Police have lied to me and they are continuing to lie. Why are the men responsible for the cover up not been punished"" she asked.

Scarlet's mutilated body was found at Anjuna on February 18, 2008.

Two locals, Samson D'Souza and Placido Carvalho, were arrested in this case.

Fiona is down in India to depose before Goa children's court in this case.

She deposed before the court on Friday and her cross examination will continue on Monday.

She has been following the news for two and half years now and there is no doubt in her mind that there is a nexus between drug dealers and police with political backing, Fiona said.

"These criminals would not have felt so confident to murder Scarlet and get away with it. I can basically blame drug nexus for Scarlet's death, if it did not exist she would have been alive or the subsequent cover up would not have happened," she said.

"I have got no doubts that she was murdered. She could have been ordered to be murdered. Despite all the bad publicity about the drug nexus it still exists," Fiona said.

The British mother said Scarlet is not the only person who was murdered and drug nexus was blamed.

"Stephen Bennett his family also blamed drug nexus. Why is not anybody listening?" she questioned.

"I have been in contact with many people who had their loved murdered here. All of them are saying that the worst aspect to deal with has been a corrupt police. Something has got to be done about it," Fiona said.

"The only thing that is going to make a change is a serious inquiry and removing rotten eggs from much respected police force," she said.

"I would not like to speak on any matter related to trial as that area is subjudiced," Fiona added.


First Published: Saturday, July 31, 2010, 22:11

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