When justice becomes a circus

The disquiet over the McAreavey trial's outcome in Mauritius illustrates the dangers of allowing the proceedings to turn into public entertainment, writes James McDermot.

14th July, 2012
When justice becomes a circus
Avinash Treebhoowoon (white shirt) after being found not guilty last Thursday of the murder of Michaela McAreavey. Photo: PA

While we must always respect the verdict of the jury, there are few aspects of the trial in Mauritius that would fill us with much confidence about its justice system.

The public are often unfairly suspicious about foreign legal systems because of their unfamiliarity. But what has led to the level of disquiet about the McAreavey trial is the fact that the proceedings in Mauritius looked just like an Irish trial. The court room and...

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