Fiona alleges drug peddlers-police nexus for daughter`s death

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.

PTI



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

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