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Michaela McAreavey body pictures editor collapses in court

Imran Hosany, the editor Mauritian Sunday Times which published Michaela McAreavey's corpse has been taken to hospital after collapsing in court.

Mr Hosany, who is facing charges related to the publication of the pictures, fainted before the court proceedings began.

He had been detained at his home in Port Louis and taken to Line Barracks police headquarters.

Computers seized at the newspaper offices are also being examined in a bid to find out who provided the newspaper with photographs taken of the murdered bride after she was found strangled in her hotel room and published last weekend.

Hosany had earlier apologised for the images appearing on his pages and indicated he would cooperate with any police inquiry. He stopped short of agreeing to identify the source.

But after the political furore in Northern Ireland and the Republic, and the anger of the McAreavey and Harte families, police on the island decided to arrest him. He was detained at his house at 7.30am.

Following the bungled police investigation and the acquittal of the two men accused of murdering Michaela while she was on honeymoon with her husband John McAreavey at the Legends Hotel in January last year, detectives are under pressure to identify who passed the photographs to the newspaper.

The Prime Minister of Mauritius, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, said he would invite officers from the PSNI and Garda to assist police still involved in the inquiry into the murder of Michaela, 27, the daughter of the Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte.

Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said the acquittal of two men 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."

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