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Saturday 17 March 2018

Martin McGuinness calls acquittal of two men ‘perverse’

Ed Carty and Sarah Stack

NORTHERN Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said the acquittal of two men over the murder of honeymooner Michaela McAreavey 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."

Mr McGuinness was having a lunchtime meeting with commissioner Abhimanu Kundasamy as the editor of the Mauritius Sunday Times was expected to be charged over the publication of photographs of Ms McAreavey as she lay dead in her honeymoon hotel suite.

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