Sunday 22 October 2017

John McAreavey to make 'very significant announcement' in bid to bring Michaela's murderers to justice

John McAreavey on his wedding day with his wife Michaela. She was murdered just 12 days after they wed. Photo: PA
John McAreavey on his wedding day with his wife Michaela. She was murdered just 12 days after they wed. Photo: PA
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

John McAreavey will make a "significant announcement" at a press conference in Mauritius this morning, a BBC journalist has revealed.

This morning it was revealed that a  elite task force has been set up in Mauritius to bring the killers of Michaela McAreavey to justice.

Prosecutor Satyajit Boolell said the investigation is still on-going and that those who killed her will "face justice".

"We can't say this case is closed," he told the BBC.

Ms McAreavey (27) was killed just 12 days after marrying her husband John. The newly-weds were honeymooning in Mauritius when she was discovered dead at their luxury hotel.

The young woman, who is the daughter of Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte, was strangled. Nobody has ever been prosecuted for the murder.

Her husband John has travelled to Mauritius with his sister, Claire, and Mark Harte, Michaela's eldest brother.

He is expected to host a press conference this morning.

Journalist Mark Simpson, who has travelled to Mauritius, told RTE Morning Ireland: "John McAreavey is going to make a number of announcements including a very significant announcement, we don't know what that is going to be.

"We know some of what he is going to say. he 's going to confirm the setting up of a confidential telephone line for people here who don't trust the police.

"He is going to star down the barrel of the Mauritian TV cameras and say 'please help me if you know who the people are that killed my wife'.

"The last thing he is going to say is that 'by the way this wasn't a one off, I'm going to come back for 20 years if necessary to get the justice that I so need'."

"We want to find out who the culprits are," Mr Boolell told the BBC. "Those who have taken the life of this young woman will have somehow to face justice.

"We are as determined, we are as concerned, as he is. Any crime on our territory is a blot on our peaceful reputation."

Mr McAreavey er.

Yesterday a meeting was held with prosecutor Mr Boolell and speaking afterwards Mr McAreavey said the meeting was "short but positive".

"We've had a short but positive meeting here with the police. We've been updated on developments, on how progress is being made.

"We're enthused by what we hear. We have communicated that we are very much involved in this process now.

"We'll be doing all we can to assist the Mauritian authorities to deliver justice for Michaela."

A confidential telephone line is being set up by his lawyer on the island.

Read more: 'Those who took Michaela's life will face justice' - Mauritian prosecutor

Read more: John McAreavey returning to Mauritius to make appeal over honeymoon murder 

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