Sunday 21 January 2018

Lawyer 'has new info on Michaela murder'

POLICE in Mauritius will meet a high-profile lawyer who claims to have information that could help solve the murder of Michaela McAreavey.

Rama Valayden, who defended one of the hotel workers acquitted of the murder, is due to meet investigators next week.

He said he is "ready to help the police" by divulging information that he claims to have in his possession.

It's understood that he will meet members of the investigation team in the capital, Port Louis, on Monday.

"We told the DPP that we are ready to help the police. It is true time has flown by; it is true the investigation was not conducted properly; it is true several items [related to the case] were not preserved as they should have been," he said.

"It is also true that this case cannot remain unsolved if there is willingness on my behalf to share the relevant information on the murder case," he added.

However his comments last night sparked a furious reaction from a lawyer who represented the McAreavey and Harte families.

Dick Ng Sui Wa told the Herald that he believed Mr Valayden was "seeking attention" and called on him to divulge the information he claims to have.

"He should make this information public if he has it. Instead he is just confusing the public," he said.

Attempts to contact Mr Valayden directly last night were unsuccessful.

The country's former justice minster represented former hotel worker Sandip Mooneea during last year's trial.


Moonea and his colleague, Avinash Treebhoowoon, were both acquitted.

However, the pair could be questioned as part of the new inquiry under new measures passed by the government.

A change to the country's laws extends the DPP's powers so that his office can review past sentences if fresh evidence is thrown up.

The option to review the acquittal has been introduced as part of an amendment to the country's Criminal Appeal Act.


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