Sunday 22 October 2017

Michaela: Death photos editor collapses at court hearing

Mauritian Sunday Times editor Imran Hosany
Mauritian Acting High Commissioner, Mr Mohamed Iqbal Latona,(right) with Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
The 'Sunday Times' newspaper offices in Port Louis
Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam at his office in Port Louis yesterday.
John McAreavey and Michaela on their wedding day.
Michaela McAreavey's father Mickey Harte and brothers Matthew, left, and Michael speaking to reporters outside their family home near Ballygawley at the time of her death
John McAreavey's sister Claire and their father Brendan
Michaela taking part in the Rose of Tralee
Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

THE editor of the Mauritian newspaper arrested in connection with the publication of the Michaela McAreavey murder photos collapsed in court today.

Imran Hosany, who is both the editor and director general of the Mauritian Sunday Times, took ill while waiting for his court bail hearing, his lawyer told the Irish Independent.

Mr Hosany is facing the charge of outrage against public and religious morality over the publication of the photos.

It is understood Mr Hosany was brought to Dr A Gaffoor Jeetoo hospital in the capital, Port Louis.

Meanwhile, Martin McGuinness said today that the Mauritian government told him there is a possibility of a new Michaela McAreavey murder case trial.

The North’s Deputy First Miinster was speaking after a meeting in London with the Acting High Commissioner for Mauritius.

McGuinness said it was ‘’absolutely vital’’ that the participation of the Gardai ad the PSNI would only be in the context of a new trial.

The Sunday Times, a relatively new newspaper in Mauritius, published the graphic crime-scene photos of the 27-year-old’s remains, which were taken after she was murdered in January last year.

A police spokesman said Mr Hosany took ill before the charge could be formally put to him in court.

Earlier Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said the acquittal of two men over the murder was perverse.

The Sinn Fein chief said he wants a retrial in Mauritius over the unsolved killing as he prepared to meet the country's High Commissioner in London.

Legends hotel workers Sandip Moneea and Avinash Treebhoowoon were cleared of the murder by a jury at the Supreme Court in Port Louis last Thursday.

Jurors had deliberated for about two hours.

Mr McGuinness said: "The real purpose of the meeting is to discuss with the Mauritius authorities the appalling handling of the case relating to the murder of Michaela McAreavey and the appalling way in which the Harte and McAreavey families were treated during the course of not just the investigation but the court proceedings, and the perverse verdict of the jury.

"There's a very strong view on the island of Ireland and shared by the McAreavey and Harte families that they did not get justice."

In the interview on RTE Radio, he added: "I do disagree with the verdict of the jury."

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