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Mauritian newspaper editor in Michaela McAreavey photos furore faces jail

By Luke Byrne

The editor of the Mauritian newspaper that published pictures of Michaela McAreavey's dead body is facing up to a year in prison if convicted of offences against morality.

Imraan Hosany, who edits the Mauritian Sunday Times, said he would co-operate with a police investigation into the incident.

However, he stopped short of agreeing to reveal the source of the images to investigating officers.

A spokesperson for the Mauritian police confirmed that Mr Hosany has helped with inquiries so far.

The paper's offices were raided by police after the pictures were published last Sunday.

Mr Hosany could be charged with outrage against public and religious morality — a criminal charge in Mauritius.

A person found guilty of the offence can receive up to a year in prison and a fine of up to 10,000 rupees (around £210) under Mauritian law.

Jimmy Jean-Louis, a reporter with the paper, said the matter was in the hands of lawyers but “everything that needs to” would come out in legal “exposition”.

He would not comment further.

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