Mauritian editor charged over Michaela photographs
The editor of the Mauritian newspaper which published pictures of Michaela McAreavey's body is due in court on Thursday. It is believed he will appear in relation to charges connected to the publication of the photographs. His barrister, Akil Bissessur said he denies the charges against him.Martin McGuinness is to meet Mauritian High Commissioner Abhimanu Mahendra Kundasamy later to discuss the issue.
Imran Hosany, director of the island's Sunday Times newspaper, will be brought to court later.
He spent the night in police custody at the Alcatraz Detention Centre.
On Wednesday, he was charged with outrage to public and religious morality for publishing photographs of Michaela Harte at the murder scene in her hotal room.
Mrs McAreavey, 27, from County Tyrone, was killed in her room at the Legends hotel in Mauritius in January 2011
The offence carries a punishment of up to a year in jail under Mauritius law.
He is also accused of assaulting an Irish photographer. According to his barrister, he is denying all charges levelled against him.
Akil Bissessur spoke to the BBC's Yasine Mohabuth in the capital, Port Louis.
"The Central Criminal Investigation Department has charged my client for outrage against public and religious morality," he said.
"My client maintains his innocence in this case as he was only doing his job as a journalist.
"He also keeps his right to silence to several police questions."
Martin McGuinness has suggested that senior detectives from the PSNI and Garda assist in a case review of the investigation into the murder of Mrs McAreavey during her honeymoon on the holiday island last year.
He also said he would be writing to the Attorney General in Northern Ireland to seek legal opinion on whether any future trial had been in any way prejudiced or compromised by the actions of the newspaper.
The Mauritius prime minister has agreed to invite officers from both forces to help and ordered a judicial enquiry to re-examine the case.
Mr McGuinness said the pictures of the crime scene compounded the grief of the McAreavey and Harte families.
Mauritian police had raided the offices of the Sunday Times newspaper in Port Louis in search of crime scene photographs.
A police spokesman said no photographs were found.
The Irish ambassador to Mauritius is to make a "strong protest" over the publication of the photos.
The ambassador will also press for an urgent examination of the murder case.
Mr McAreavey and other family members returned home from Mauritius at the weekend, after a gruelling eight-week trial.
Legends hotel workers Sandip Moneea and Avinash Treebhoowoon were cleared of Mrs McAreavey's killing by a jury at the Supreme Court in Port Louis last Thursday, 12 July.