Monday 23 October 2017

Cleared workers 'will not face trial ever again'

Cormac McQuinn in Mauritius

THE two hotel workers cleared of murdering honeymooner Michaela McAreavey will not face trial again, their defence lawyers have insisted.

Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea were acquitted of murder last week after a marathon trial in Mauritius' Supreme Court.

The Mauritian DPP Satyajit Boolell was yesterday quoted as saying the pair could face a retrial if new evidence against them came to light.

But defence lawyer Sanjeev Teeluckdharry rejected the idea.

He last night told the Irish Independent that his client Mr Treebhoowoon could never again be tried in connection with Michaela's murder saying the not guilty verdict is "unassailable".

Acquitted

He said: "No, they can't be put on trial again because they have been acquitted by the jury unanimously and the verdict is unassailable... they can't be prosecuted at all."

But he said that that he and fellow defence lawyer Rama Valayden "wish that the enquiry be reopened and that the local authorities unveil the truth".

The pair are expected to give a press conference at their offices in Port Louis this morning.

Mr Teeluckdharry said they were not making the request as defence counsel, "but as citizens of the country".

He said: "We shall be dealing with issues regarding the police investigation, and we shall be making a request to the police and prosecution authorities to reopen the inquiry."

Irish Independent

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