En Irlande, il ne fait plus bon être Mauricien…

Le verdict dans le meurtre de Michaela Harte, tombé jeudi en début de soirée, est venu tout relancer. Les deux accusés ayant été acquittés, suivant cette logique, le ou les véritables coupables du meurtre perpétré en janvier 2011 au Legends est/sont donc toujours en liberté. Une nouvelle enquête sera-t-elle instiguée ? Le communiqué du bureau du Premier ministre, hier, laisse à penser que le jugement prononcé pourrait ne pas être la fin de cette affaire. D’autant que le premier ministre irlandais, Enda Kenny, a lui-même déclaré à la presse de son pays qu’il était « wholly unsatisfied » du verdict dans l’affaire Harte et que cela le renvoyait à la déclaration du Premier ministre mauricien Navin Ramgoolam selon laquelle « justice would be done and would be seen to be done. Clearly, it has not been done. »
Car une chose est claire : personne mais aussi les parents de la touriste irlandaise Michaela Harte ne savent toujours pas qui l’a tuée !
Justice n’a pas été faite en ce qui concerne les parents de l’enseignante, son époux, ses proches, ses amis et, d’une certaine manière toute l’Irlande ! Et même au-delà, à travers le monde, où, aujourd’hui plus que jamais la réputation de notre pays est au plus bas. Et ce, au-delà du fait que les deux accusés Avinash Treebhoowoon et Sandip Moneea ont été acquittés. On ne pouvait évidemment, sans preuve suffisante, faire condamner deux individus juste pour satisfaire les aspirations par ailleurs légitimes de justice des ayants droits et leurs supports de la malheureuse victime. L’affaire dépasse désormais ces deux personnes. Elle prend une envergure beaucoup plus grave.
Notre propos n’est pas de revenir sur le jugement qui est celui d’un jury – qui serait plus à même de réagir à l’instinct et à l’émotion, qu’un juge qui s’attache lui aux faits uniquement – mais plutôt de s’attarder sur l’autre facette qui laisse pour le moins dubitatif : l’enquête policière.
Est-ce à dire que les limiers concernés dans l’enquête initiale, en l’occurrence la Major Crimes Investigation Team (MCIT), ont failli dans leur délicate tâche ? Car au final, le meurtre de Michaela Harte demeure une énigme entière… Au même titre que plusieurs autres affaires, est-on tenté de dire, en pensant notamment aux crimes de Nadine Dantier, de Vanessa Lagesse, ainsi qu'à la disparition du petit Ackmez Aumeer, pour ne citer que ces cas-là.
À diverses reprises, durant le procès Harte, plusieurs « faiblesses », habituellement décriées, pas toujours justifiées, notamment par le judiciaire et d’autres instances, ont été remises au goût du jour. Est-ce à dire que l’enquête, bouclée à grande vitesse, n’a pas été ficelée comme il le fallait ?
Il n’est pas inutile ici de rappeler que la police mauricienne, d’habitude officiellement très peu loquace lors de ses enquêtes domestiques, avait, à cette occasion, organisé… conférence de presse et communication à profusion pour satisfaire les besoins de nos confrères irlandais !
Doit-on comprendre que, comme il s’agissait d’un « high profile case » – ce n’est heureusement pas tous les jours que les touristes sont assassinés à Maurice ! – et que la résonance internationale a rapidement entaché l’image de notre île paradisiaque, les pressions « de haut niveau » étaient trop fortes et surtout trop pressantes sur les épaules des limiers pour donner des résultats rapides susceptibles de répondre à la colère irlandaise ?
Au point où ils auraient « négligé » le bétonnage des preuves et se seraient concentrés uniquement sur certains aspects de cet abominable crime qui a conduit aujourd’hui cette affaire dans l’impasse où elle se trouve ? Et si finalement, la police n'était qu'un bouc émissaire ?
L’émoi populaire – d’ailleurs totalement compréhensible –, depuis le verdict tombé jeudi soir, ramène bon nombre de Mauriciens à s’interroger : « Notre Police est-elle à la hauteur de sa mission ? ». Les deux derniers cas élucidés tout récemment – l’assassinat de l’adolescente multimillionnaire Stacey Henrisson et celui du chauffeur de camion Ibrahim Mustafa –, montrent bien que les enquêtes peuvent aboutir. Non seulement rapidement mais aussi efficacement. Mais résisteront-elles à l’épreuve d’une justice aujourd’hui plus avide de certitude et qui ne laisse que peu de place à l’à peu près, où évidences scientifiques supplantent les seuls aveux, souvent contestés à tort ou à raison par la suite.
Une chose est cependant sûre : actuellement en Irlande, mais aussi en Grande Bretagne et ailleurs, il ne fait plus bon être Mauricien ! Les choses s’étaient déjà sérieusement gâtées depuis janvier dernier… Il faudra à la Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, au ministère du Tourisme, au gouvernement et à tout le peuple mauricien plus qu’un carnaval pour reconquérir les cœurs des Irlandais et de nos autres détracteurs…
Il faudrait que ceux qui savent se manifestent. Il faudrait que les coupables se rendent. Ce n’est qu’à ce prix qu’on aura rendu justice à Michaela mais aussi à notre cher pays qui paye ces jours-ci un lourd tribut aux bas instincts de détestables assassins !


Commentaires

Comme dit nous ena ene premier ministre nul. li ena raison guette ene coup dans ki letat li pe ammene sa pays la, raport l'Audit accablant li dire ki l'Audit ek systeme pas bon, verdict lacour li trouve ki jury pas bon... li dire ki so mcit sont des super flic ek bizin refaire l'enquete mais bizin ammene flic irlandais alle comprend ca l'imbecilite la ki nous ena pou premier dirigent la encore ene fois Bizlall ena raison ..........

We Mauritians are not heartless people.Crimes exists since humanity began.We feel for all when tragedy strikes but would never ask for a boycott of a whole nation.Let him that is without sin throw the first stone.Would you do that Mr Irish Prime Minister?

Il ne faut pas tout de suite accabler la cour car celle-ci ne rend son jugement qu'en fonction des éléménts de preuves qui lui sont présentés. Si les deux présumés coupables ne sont pas les bons alors qui sont-ils.La presse essaie d'influencer l'issue de l'enquête mais la police mauricienne doit pouvoir trouver le(s) dangereux criminel(s) dans les meilleurs délais.

Thank you to Husna Ramjanally for clear thinking and clear writing. We cannot allow the judicial process to be swayed by our grief and anger. Justice must be blind (and heartless) if it is to function as intended.

We cannot convict without evidence. Evidence that must remove all reasonable doubt. That is the burden of proof.

We must separate our hatred of this crime from the country where it happened. People are murdered every day in every country for less than the coins in their pocket.

We would all hope to emerge from this without spreading hate. I do not think that the victims of this particular crime are consoled from their grief by hate filled comments on websites.

But the fact remains that there is at least one murderer at large on the Island. I wonder how people can sleep soundly on this Island.

Murderers at Large on the Island:
Not a welcoming prospect for tourists!

How can you be sure that the murderer is still on the island or is Mauritian?May be someone came for this odious act and left the country.Only the MCIT police to be blamed not the whole police or judiciary or the whole country.

This what happen when you have idiot rulling the place. How many people working in the public sector with no qualification no proper training. That who should merrit does not have thier chance unless you have backing form political party.

Politic have destroyed everything.....all the police officer have been recruited by political backing....today they are not able to handle thing like this(Michaela case).....if 2morow someone close died in my family....i will not let these asshole deal with any of my case...they are late back and lack of education n training, people in mauritius should realised this.....we were all born with a brain and know how to use it.....today the world saw how people and things are being done incorrectly in mauritius, the justice a joke....i was waiting for this day.....now start using new strategy and bring on new ideas how to deal with thing and to change thing in this country.....aret get ministre so famille get pou tou pareil cuz we are all equal......we can make it a better place......

Without departing from th essentials and main theme of the above article,one must not forget the number of 'miscarriage of justice' that Irish citizens have had to suffer,in a not to distant past,in Britain,in particular!Why Mauritians have decided to settle in Ireland,of all countries.inthe first place ,is baffling,to say the least!Mauritians have never been the 'darlings' of Great Britain! So nothing new here!Britain is more accommodating to our neighbour in Reunion...red carpet treatment for students coming from our syster island,for example!

Michaela was IRISH you fool not british. you are obviously so ignorant that you cant even get that right! your judicial system and government are a sham! how can you think it appropriate to print photos of a crime scene and of the poor womans injuries in a newspaper! disgrace and shame on you all!

Have a glance in your within before speaking.Some of the advocates involved in this case have studied law in your country. So disgracing them means that your country does not provide good education. Does it means that an entire nations' education is wrong?!

Yes its a shame for Mauritius to have a Priminister who is also a British subject. God save the queen!!!

What is the use of crying over spilt milk.Following the impartial Audit report,the Prime Minister had the audacity to criticise it by stating that the system had to be changed.And now the Judiciary had delivered a verdict which goes against the public opinion,I wonder what would be the reaction of the PM.Here there is matter to change,especially when the Constitution clearly says that " you would be judged by your peers". Are the peers up to the standard to comply? No.In the unfortunate case,the jury system is very bad and I would go a step further to boldly state that those chosen should undergo a test to confirm whether they understand the difference between law and facts of which they were the judge.I learnt from Yahoo that sometimes the members of the public would show their appreciation when counsel for the defence would score a point by applauding as if they were in a theatre.I am away from the country and I am reporting the theatre episode based on Yahoo,which I would find to be most inappropriate in a court of law.The murder of the tourist was, in my humble opinion, a simple case in that a trolley was standing by the room 1025 at the time cries were heard from that room. Who was the man in charge of that trolley? The starting point for the enquiry should have started from here instead of cuffing the husband on the way to the police station. I find the comment of a guy regarding the reactions of those he described as Brits to be offensive in the circumstances, not only to the Irish but to many Mauritians as well of which I am one.Mauritius has learnt a lot from the British and it is time to change the system of trial by Jury.

What on earth is going on in Mauritius? It now appears that a Mauritian newspaper has published photographs from the crime scene:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-18848595

How could this so-called newspaper exercise such poor judgement? This is not only tasteless and insensitive but could potentially undermine the ongoing murder investigation - just what this poorly handled case needed. Did someone profit from this leak? Do we have no shame in my country anymore? Maybe I'll have to eat back my previous comment and agree with the author after all. I'm ashamed to be Mauritian just now.

"The decision of the newspaper in Mauritius to publish crime scene photographs, including pictures of Michaela's body, is an outrageous abuse that cannot be justified in anyway," he said.

"People in Mauritius need to realise that the eyes of the international community are firmly focused on their country and their justice system in the wake of the brutal murder of Michaela and the absolute failure to deliver justice for John McAreavey and the rest of family. This case will not simply go away as some in Mauritius seem to hope. I can assure the Mauritian authorities that people in Ireland will continue to keep a focus on this case until justice is done."

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/republic-of-irelan...

So what if the brits don't agree with thew verdict delivered by the courts in Mauritius. Do we change it to please them? The brits are always lecturing others about what is good for them, maybe the brits should just spend a few minutes and ask themselves why their governments are always appealing the verdict by their own courts when the verdict have been in favour of the people of Diego Garcia. At least the people who were accused of the harte murder had their day in court but I have never heard of any brits facing courts for the abuse of the human rights of the Chagossians....Those bloody hypocrite from the UK should not point fingers at any other nation until they clean up their own backyard.
It is sad to hear Mauritian people pander to the brits at the detriment of their own country....Shame on you.

Hey Knob Head, The Brits have nothing to do with this trial. Michaela was IRISH. Ireland is not part of the UK. Suggest you take a refresher course in Geography. And, do not compare the Chagos affair with that of a murder trial.

Makes me wonder who is the knob head around. Only yesteday the Daily Mirror published a photo of the dead body of Gadaffi being abused by the rebels..!!!! So please cut the crap.!!!!

La plupart des gens raisonnables de l'Irlande, et ils sont nombreux, conviennent que la preuve n'appuyait pas un verdict de culpabilité, et qui serait également le cas si le procès a eu lieu devant un tribunal irlandais.

@Mazanbic. Tu ne sais pas de quoi tu parles. Aucun Britannique n'a jamais assassiné de Chagossiens. Actuellement, les Chagossiens sont des citoyens britanniques qui jouissent confortablement de l'accueil et de l'aide des contribuables anglais. À l'époque, les Chagossiens ont tous été d'accord de retourner à Maurice, leur patrie d'origine, étant donné les conditions difficiles dans l'archipel des Chagos. Ils ont accepté des indemnités pour ce transfert. Ils pensaient être bien accueillis à Maurice. C'est aussi connu que l'archipel a été vendu en bonne et due forme par les autorités de Maurice aux Anglais. Quoi qu'il en soit, s'il existe des contestations, on ne peut pas reprocher à un citoyen en particulier les décisons prises par le gouvernment de son pays, qu'il soit anglais ou mauricien. Même si ce meurtre te réjouit, la mise à mort de la mariée irlandaise n'a rien rapporté aux Chagossiens, pas plus que les souffrances infligées à des Mauriciens innocents au cours des longs mois de leur injuste détention.

La plupart des gens raisonnables de l'Irlande, et ils sont nombreux, conviennent que la preuve n'appuyait pas un verdict de culpabilité, et qui serait également le cas si le procès a eu lieu devant un tribunal irlandais.

get it right you fool! michaela was IRISH not british!! how ignorant are you!!! we do not dispute the ruling of the courts but how the case was managed! your judicial system is a sham and joke and now to add insult to injury your people think its ok to print pictures of the poor woman murdered in a newspaper!! how sick are you! show some respect you idiot!

get it right you fool! we are not british we are IRISH!!! big difference! we were under english rule for centuries but now are a nation of our own you ignorant fool! we do not contest the ruling of the courts, we are simply looking for a proper inquest into her death. the crime scene was dealt with appallingly and now to add insult to injury one of your newspapers thinks its appropriate to release images of the crime scene and of michaela! how sick!

You don't know your geography you itiot. We are not British. We are Irish!! Shame on your people for the way they behaved publicly during the triel. Now, your newspaper published photos of the victim, Michaela. Shame on you!!!

What a plonker!!

Micheala was IRISH you idiot - not a brit.

Northern Ireland is part of Great Britain and as such referring the North Irish as Brits, is not act of idiocy. However, judging others without checking facts & context is an act of idiot.

Is that what Irish is all about, abuse others for their right to write their opinion. It appears that you could be the town idiot, in any case I will back Mazanbic and add that you are all the same,brits,irish, No difference same whinging bloody mob. How would you like Mauritius to point a finger at your country for their bloody killing of each other and calling you a bunch of terrorists? Cop it sweet and accept the verdict of the court handed down by a jury of a democratic country.

Micheala was NORTHERN IRISH you idiot, not IRISH

Micheala was NORTHERN IRISH you idiot, not IRISH

Yes, Michaela was Irish - leave the British and the UK out of this, they have their own problems dealing with migrants from Africa and all over coming to their country and killing British people and then wanting their 'human rights' considered so they can not be deported back to where they came from. British people are fed up with migrant criminals!
Michaela was Irish, this trial was a farce, the treatment of her husband was an abomination of human rights and I do not think Mauritian police could find a horse in a haystack...

There is a good, concise report of the trial from the beginning to the end at:

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2012/0714/1224320029683.html

If you think it is an objective one you will be able to judge for yourself if the word 'farce' or 'joke ' is the right one to describe it.

It was not only the accused who were on trial but the whole mauritian justice system and the police. It was the first time other countries had the opportunity to get a close look at both and to dissect them. I do not think they are impressed with what they have discovered. The leaders of the african countries must be laughing at us privately.

I think Mauritius is the only country in the world where a newspaper can publish evidence for a murder trial BEFORE it is presented in court and copped only a warning for such contempt!

Nou finne bien faner! I wonder what kind of reception (especially from the irish athletes) our athletes will get at the olympics. Mauritius is fast becoming mud in the eyes of our biggest tourist market - Europe. If you were a european tourist would this trial make you feel more secure?

My dear friend,it is not only the justice system and the police, but plenty of other systems and institutions that are not running properly. We have a government with people who only looks for the benefits of their own people(family, friends,copin, copine, agents politics etc etc...)They are here to fill their pockets and devalise fond public, this is their priorities...

Ah, votre pays n'est pas le seul où cela se produit, M. Le Roi!

I agree that the whole affair didn't shine a kind light on Mauritius and its police force (and potentially its judiciary), but can we please refrain from overstatements such as "actuellement [...] en Grande Bretagne et ailleurs, il ne fait plus bon être Mauricien!"? Reading this, one might think that there are lynch mobs out to get Mauritians in the UK. Aside from a few awkward conversations, things are basically fine for most, if not all, just now.

If someone told you that <> wouldn't you immediately ask yourself <> Doesn't this indicate
that he has doubts in the justice system and that there is a definite possibility that justice might not be done and might not be seen to be done?

I think most mauritians knew in their hearts that a 'not guilty' verdict was inevitable and that an appeal would be useless, a waste of time and money. This verdict is now set in concrete. Any retrial in Mauritius will result in communal violence if one goes by the extent of jubilation following the verdict. One gets the impression that a 'guilty' verdict would have been interpreted as treason!

I do not know if this is possible but only a retrial in an international court outside Mauritius will give everyone the feeling that justice has really been done. I do not think the jury system works well in Mauritius. Perhaps a panel of five judges instead of a jury would have reassured everyone. But then we would have the problem of from which community, caste etc the judges would have to be chosen. My god aren't we in a real mess!

Please stop this rubbish. The men have been to trial and their peers in the form of a jury have found them not guilty. How would you like to be at the end of a re-trial just to please some irish people feed and satisfy your perceived bias against the country's justice system. In any case why do you need some bods from another country to be judge and jury in a case that has ran its course and found two people not guilty? Just remember that most if not all the legal fraternity in Mauritius have studied the law in the UK and as such go about prosecuting or pleading their cases according to their learning in the UK.

Its already NOT COMFORTABLE To be A Mauritian in many countries,and this unsolved murder adds to it. Am a proud and sad Mauritian when on foreign lands.

En Même a Maurice, il ne fait plus bon être Mauricien…

MAURITIUS IS INDEED A VERY NICE COUNTRY.IN WHICH COUNTRY THERE IS NO MURDERER?IT IS UNFORTUNATE TO THE PERSON MURDERED AND HER RELATIVES BUT WE CAN'T BLAME THE SYSTEM IN MAURITIUS.I WOULD RATHER ASK THE N/IRISH GOVERNMENT TO SEND A DELEGATE OF INVESTIGATORS AS PROPOSED BY THE MAURITIAN PRIME MINISTER TO ENLIGHT THE CASE AND HELP TO BRING THE CULPRIT/S TO SENTENCE.CULPRIT/S MUST BE PUNISHED,BUT THIS WILL ONLY BE POSSIBLE IF PEOPLE HELP INSTEAD OF BLAMING THE SYSTEM.I PRAY FOR HER SOUL TO BE IN PEACE AND THAT GOD HELP HER RELATIVES TO OVERCOME THIS SAD EVENT .MAY JUSTICE PREVAILS FOR THE DECEASED LADY.