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Michaela family sues for €495,000 over body pics

THE family of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey are seeking £400,000 (€495,000) damages from the Mauritian newspaper that published photos of her body.

Following last summer's high-profile murder trial which saw two former hotel workers acquitted of the murder, the 'Mauritian Sunday Times' printed photos showing the newlywed's body in her room.

The editor, Imraan Hosany, published 12 images of the Co Tyrone teacher's body three days after the acquittal of former Legends Hotel employees Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea.

The images were taken by police about an hour after Michaela (27) was strangled.

Mr Hosany is on bail after being arrested and charged with outrage to public and religious morality by choosing to publish the photos. The McAreavey family want compensation, claiming the publication outraged Michaela's dignity and compromised the police investigation.

Lawyer Dick Ng Sui Wa said any damages would be donated to a charity foundation set up in Michaela's memory.

Irish Independent