Give Michaela evidence to foreign police, say lawyers

The lawyers who represented the two men cleared of killing Michaela McAreavey have said all evidence in the case should be taken from Mauritian police and given to foreign investigators.

Sanjeev Teeluckdharry and Rama Valayden, whose clients Avinash Treebhowon and Sandip Mooneea were found not guilty of murder last Thursday, said the country’s Major Crime Investigation Team were “incompetent”.

They called for the investigation to be re-opened, but said the new probe should not be under the supervision of MCIT. “All the evidence which is in possession of this team must be secured from them until foreign investigators do come,” said Mr Valayden.

As well as highlighting the failures in the police investigation, they made reference to the alleged brutality towards their clients and said it was highly possible Mr Treebhowon and Mr Mooneea would sue for damages.

Meanwhile, the editor of the newspaper that published graphic images of the crime scene, including pictures of Mrs McAreavey’s body, was arrested yesterday, not only for the publication of the pictures but also for assaulting an Irish newspaper photographer.

Imran Hosany, who is due to appear in court today, faces a year in jail for “outrage against public morality” by publishing the pictures. While he has apologised to Mrs McAreavey’s family, he has refused to say where he got them.

The country’s prime minister claimed a defence lawyer leaked the pictures. At yesterday’s press conference Mr Teeluckdharry and Mr Valayden said the prime minister had been “misled”.

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