20 July 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Michael McDonnell

It has emerged this week that the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Navinchandra Ramgoolam had worked for a period as a trainee doctor in Monaghan Hospital during the 1970s.
Mr Ramgoolam’s sharp criticisms of a Mauritian newspaper for publishing pictures of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey lying dead in her room have been widely publicised.
On Tuesday, he told his country’s parliament that the publication of the photos in a national Sunday newspaper was a despicable abuse and breach of the principle of freedom of expression.
The editor of the Mauritian Sunday Times, Mr Imran Hosany was arrested yesterday, and police in Mauritius stated that they have identified the person suspected of leaking the photos.
In an interview with the Irish Independent, Prime Minister Ramgoolam extended his sympathies to the McAreavey and Harte families with regard to the publication of the pictures in the wake of the acquittal of two men tried for her murder.
The 65-year-old former doctor and lawyer began his medical training in the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin in 1968, and served an internship at Monaghan General Hospital for a period in 1976 before achieving full registration with the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom the following year.
He later embarked on a career in law, acquiring a Master of Laws at the London School of Economics, but ultimately went on to follow his father’s footsteps by focusing on politics in his native Mauritius.

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