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Family boosted as new Mauritius police unit probes Michaela killing

By Laura Larkin

An elite taskforce has been set up in Mauritius in a bid to bring those responsible for the murder of Michaela McAreavey to justice.

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

Mrs McAreavey (27) was killed while on honeymoon, just 12 days after marrying her husband John. She was discovered dead at their luxury hotel. The daughter of Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte, she had been 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 (Mr McAreavey) 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.

Yesterday, speaking after a meeting with Mr Boolell, Mr McAreavey told Mauritian newspaper L'Express: "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 Mr McAreavey's lawyer on the island, Dick Ng Sui Wa.

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