Port Louis - A Mauritian court fined a newspaper editor on Thursday
for printing photographs of murdered Irish honeymooner Michaela McAreavey, one
of the most high profile crimes ever seen on the Indian Ocean island.
Imraan Hosany, editor of the weekly Sunday Times newspaper,
was fined 50 000 Mauritian rupees (€1 225) for the publication of
photographs that the court said were against public morality.
"The publication of these photographs were not
necessary to the understanding of a public event," said court magistrate
McAreavey, 27, a County Tyrone school teacher and the
daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football boss Mickey Harte, was strangled in January
2011 and her body dumped in the bathtub of her luxury hotel room.
Hosany was found guilty on Wednesday for an "outrage
against good morals" by publishing several images reportedly taken by
police photographers documenting the crime scene.
Mauritius, a volcanic island surrounded by coral reefs and
lagoons, is best known for top-end tourism and as a honeymoon destination, with
nearly one million tourists a year, employing directly or indirectly around 100
With tourism making up more than a quarter of the economy of
the white-beach and palm-fringed island, the murder of McAreavey made headlines
at home and abroad.
Last year two hotel workers were acquitted after an
Police reopened investigations in July 2012, but no further
announcements have been made.