Wednesday 22 November 2017

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

John McAreavey and Michaela McAreavey on their wedding day (Irish News)
John McAreavey and Michaela McAreavey on their wedding day (Irish News) Newsdesk Newsdesk

An elite task force has been set up in Mauritius in a bid to bring those responsible for the killing 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.

Michaela McAreavey
Michaela McAreavey

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.

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

On Monday a meeting was held with senor police and speaking afterwards Mr McAreavey told Mauritin newspaper L'Express that 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.

"The police now are very aware of what we are here to achieve. We are hoping and praying that in the next coming weeks and months we'll be doing everything we can to ensure justice is served.

The family also met the country's prime minister Pravind Jugnauth.

The prosecutor also said new legislation was introduced after her death, making it possible where there is "fresh and compelling evidence" for a new trial to be held.

He said he hoped the new task force uncovered "fresh and compelling evidence".

A confidential telephone line is being set up by his lawyer on the island, Dick Ng Sui Wa.

In 2012 two hotel workers - Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea -were found not guilty of Michaela's murder following a trial.

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