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Monday 21 April 2014

Lawyer charged over DVD in Michaela McAreavey trial

Barrister Ravi Rutnah outside the Supreme Court in Mauritius during the murder trial of Michaela Mc Areavey yesterday in Port Louis in Mauritius.
Pic Steve Humphreys
15th June 2012.
Barrister Ravi Rutnah outside the Supreme Court in Mauritius

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 Treebhoowon during the murder case, before sensationally withdrawing in May 2012.

At the time Mr Rutnah said a police officer had launched an “accusatory attack” on his professional reputation.

It is understood Mr Rutnah appeared before a Mauritius court and has been 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.

It is understood to relate to a DVD showing a German couple arguing at the reception of the Legends Hotel in Mauritius on the day that Ms McAreavey was killed. Mr Rutnah presented the video to police during the trial. And it was initially suggestion the couple could be Michaele and Mr McAreavey however that was quickly found to be incorrect.

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

After being questioned, he was released but instructed to return and he was then provisionally charged.

Irish Independent

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