Tuesday 16 January 2018

Justice not done in Michaela murder trial, claims Taoiseach

John McAreavey leaving the Supreme Court in Mauritius after the verdict. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Sandip Moneea celebrates with his wife after being found not guilty of murdering Michaela McAreavey
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Defence barrister Rama Valayden speaking after the Verdict was announced
Family and friends of the accused celebrate after the Verdict was announced
Defence barrister Sanjeev Teelucktharry is held aloft by supporters of the accused outside the courtroom in Mauritius

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has said that justice "clearly hasn't been done" in the Michaela McAreavey murder trial in Mauritius.

"I'm absolutely heartbroken for the family it's utter devastation for them and for John McAreavey himself. This is just so difficult," said Mr. Kenny this morning.

Commenting on the acquittal yesterday of the two hotel workers who were on trial for the murder of the honeymooner in January 2011, the Taoiseach said, "I noted the words of the Prime Minister that justice will be done and justice will be seen to be done - and clearly it hasn't been done".

Expressing his sympathies with the two families, Mr Kenny offered his condolences on behalf of the Irish people.

"A beautiful young Irish was murdered, and her husband has been out there for the last seven or eight weeks facing the consequences of the trial which brought nobody to justice.

‘‘For the McAreavey family and for Michaela's family on behalf of the people, I just want to empathise with the depth of their grief and the sense of injustice that the decision was the way it was".

He added that the Government "would reflect" on the case, but it "can't interfere in the legal processes of other countries".

The Taoiseach made his comments after attending the Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum in Croke Park, which promotes the trade links between Ireland and the Asian market.

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