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Sunday 20 April 2014

Lawyer charged with conspiracy over Michaela trial

ONE of the defence lawyers in the Michaela McAreavey murder trial has been provisionally charged with two offences and released on bail.

Ravi Rutnah had served as a defence counsel for innocent Avinash Treebhoowoon during the murder case, but he withdrew from the case in May 2012.

Mr Rutnah appeared before a Mauritius court yesterday where he was provisionally charged with "false and malicious denunciation" and "conspiracy to commit a wrongful act".

Sanjeev Teeluckdharry, Mr Rutnah's fellow defence lawyer in the murder case, said he had been provisionally charged with two offences and released on bail.

The charges are understood to relate to a DVD showing a German couple arguing at the Legends Hotel in Mauritius the day Ms McAreavey was killed.

Mr Rutnah presented the video to police during the trial. It was initially suggested the couple could be Michaela and her husband John McAreavey but that was quickly found to be incorrect.

Mr Rutnah's home was raided on Thursday morning by the Mauritian police's Central Investigation Division (CID).

Last year, Mr Treebhoowoon (30) and Sandip Moonea (42), both former employees of the Legends Hotel, were acquitted of Ms McAreavey's murder..

Her family plan to take a civil case claiming damages of 65m rupees (€1.6m) to the Supreme Court in Mauritius against the former Legends Hotel.

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