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Police probe into McAreavey photos

Police in Mauritius have launched an inquiry into how graphic photographs of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey were published in a local newspaper.

As the Irish Government announced plans to make a formal protest to authorities over the leaked images, the Mauritius Police Force raided the offices of the island's Sunday Times.

No-one was questioned by police and no arrests were made but some material was recovered, police spokesman Dar Maragen said.

"Police searched the office of the Sunday Times and secured some newspapers," said Mr Maragen from Port Louis.

"An investigation has now begun and the Commissioner of Police has started an inquiry into the paper."

Earlier Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, Ireland's deputy prime minister, would not rule out the possibility of sending Irish detectives to undertake their own investigation into the murder - like French authorities did following the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Co Cork in 1996.

"That is something we may have to look at down the line," he added.

"But the immediate issue that arises today arises firstly from the publication of the photographs. We have to take immediate action to deal with that."

Mr Gilmore, who also serves as Foreign Affairs Minister, claimed Mauritian authorities were responsible in ensuring no photographs used as evidence in the murder trial were leaked to the press.

He has ordered Ireland's ambassador to Mauritius, Brendan McMahon, to meet officials on the island, where the 27-year-old was killed 18 months ago.

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