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John and Michaela McAreavey on their honeymoon

John and Michaela McAreavey on their honeymoon

John McAreavey at the Supreme Court in Port Louis, Mauritius

John McAreavey at the Supreme Court in Port Louis, Mauritius

CCTV footage allegedly showing Michaela Harte and John McAreavey arguing

CCTV footage allegedly showing Michaela Harte and John McAreavey arguing

Michaela and John McAreavey outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

Michaela and John McAreavey outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

Michaela McAreavey's coffin is carried from her parents' home in Ballygawley, Co Tyrone

Michaela McAreavey's coffin is carried from her parents' home in Ballygawley, Co Tyrone

Niall Carson

Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte at his daughter Michaela's wedding to John McAreavey

Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte at his daughter Michaela's wedding to John McAreavey

John and Michaela McAreavey, pictured here on a visit to the Giant's Causeway. The couple were on honeymoon in Mauritius when Michaela was murdered.

John and Michaela McAreavey, pictured here on a visit to the Giant's Causeway. The couple were on honeymoon in Mauritius when Michaela was murdered.

The remains of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey return home last night from Mauritius.

The remains of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey return home last night from Mauritius.

The remains of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey return home last night from Mauritius.

The remains of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey return home last night from Mauritius.

Niall Carson

Former Tyrone Captain Peter Canavan (3rd left) joins members of the Errigal Ciaran GAA Club line the route as a hearse transporting the body of murdered Mauritius honeymooner Michaela McAreavey approaches in Ballygawley, Co Tyrone.

Former Tyrone Captain Peter Canavan (3rd left) joins members of the Errigal Ciaran GAA Club line the route as a hearse transporting the body of murdered Mauritius honeymooner Michaela McAreavey approaches in Ballygawley, Co Tyrone.

Niall Carson

The body of Michaela McAreavey left George Best Belfast City airport in a hearse on Friday afternoon.

The body of Michaela McAreavey left George Best Belfast City airport in a hearse on Friday afternoon.

Michaela McAreavey's husband John, (foreground), waits for the hearse to leave Belfast city airport under police escort on the last leg of ehe journey home

Michaela McAreavey's husband John, (foreground), waits for the hearse to leave Belfast city airport under police escort on the last leg of ehe journey home

Alan Lewis

Michaela's remains leave Victoria Hospital in Muiritius yesterday en route to the airport. 13th January 2011.

Michaela's remains leave Victoria Hospital in Muiritius yesterday en route to the airport. 13th January 2011.

John McAreavey, husband of Michaela Harte leaving the mortuary at Victoria Hospital in Mauritius yesterday wearing her wedding ring and engagement ring around his neck

John McAreavey, husband of Michaela Harte leaving the mortuary at Victoria Hospital in Mauritius yesterday wearing her wedding ring and engagement ring around his neck

John McAreavey, husband of Michaela Harte leaving the mortuary at Victoria Hospital in Mauritius yesterday wearing her wedding ring and engagement ring around his neck

John McAreavey, husband of Michaela Harte leaving the mortuary at Victoria Hospital in Mauritius yesterday wearing her wedding ring and engagement ring around his neck

A hearse with the body of Michaela McAreavey, leaves George Best Belfast city airport.  Friday January 14, 2011.

A hearse with the body of Michaela McAreavey, leaves George Best Belfast city airport. Friday January 14, 2011.

Paul Faith

Michaela McAreavey on her wedding day

Michaela McAreavey on her wedding day

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John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day

John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day

Irish News

Michaela Harte Far Right front in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended and later done her teaching placement..

Michaela Harte Far Right front in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended and later done her teaching placement..

Raj Theekoy

Raj Theekoy

George Michel

Suspect Avinash Treebhoowoon (29) is brought to Mapou Court, Port Louis Mauritius, Wednesday, Jan.12, 2011. The room attendant has been charged with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.

Suspect Avinash Treebhoowoon (29) is brought to Mapou Court, Port Louis Mauritius, Wednesday, Jan.12, 2011. The room attendant has been charged with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.

Suspect Sandip Moneea (41) covers his face as he is escorted to  Mapou Court, Port Louis Mauritius, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. The floor supervisor has been charged with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.

Suspect Sandip Moneea (41) covers his face as he is escorted to Mapou Court, Port Louis Mauritius, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011. The floor supervisor has been charged with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.

Raj Theekoy (33), faces a conspiracy charge in connection with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.

Raj Theekoy (33), faces a conspiracy charge in connection with the murder of Michaela McAreavey.

A distraught Mickey Harte with son Michael.

A distraught Mickey Harte with son Michael.

Justin Kernoghan

Michaela Harte (left) in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended as a pupil and later completed her teaching placement.

Michaela Harte (left) in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended as a pupil and later completed her teaching placement.

Michaela Harte in with Throphy in  St.Malachy's Primary School where Michaela attended and later done her teaching placement

Michaela Harte in with Throphy in St.Malachy's Primary School where Michaela attended and later done her teaching placement

Micheala Harte in fancy dress in  St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended as a pupil and later completed her teaching placement..

Micheala Harte in fancy dress in St.Malachy's Primary School where she attended as a pupil and later completed her teaching placement..

A distraught Mickey Harte with sons Matthew (left) and Michael at their family home near Ballygawley

A distraught Mickey Harte with sons Matthew (left) and Michael at their family home near Ballygawley

Justin Kernoghan

Michaela Harte  after she had received a B.Ed at Queens University Belfast. (Picture taken in June 2006)

Michaela Harte after she had received a B.Ed at Queens University Belfast. (Picture taken in June 2006)

Balloons with the couple's names giving directions to St Malachy's Church outside Ballygwley where they recently got married

Balloons with the couple's names giving directions to St Malachy's Church outside Ballygwley where they recently got married

A distraught Mickey Harte at his family home near Ballygawley

A distraught Mickey Harte at his family home near Ballygawley

Wedding flowers from the couple's recent marriage at St Malachy's Church outside Ballygawley

Wedding flowers from the couple's recent marriage at St Malachy's Church outside Ballygawley

Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk       11/1/2011Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin KernoghanA distraught Mickey Harte with sons Matthew (left) and Michael at their family home near Ballygawley today.Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone gaelic football manager Mickey Harte was strangled, Mauritius police have said.Michaela McAreavey, 27, was found dead at the Legends hotel in Mauritius where she was staying while on honeymoon.The 27-year-old Irish woman had married John McAreavey, a member of Down's gaelic football team, on 30 December. He is not a suspect.Police in Mauritius intend to question six people about the killing later on Tuesday.

Alan Lewis - PhotopressBelfast.co.uk 11/1/2011Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin KernoghanA distraught Mickey Harte with sons Matthew (left) and Michael at their family home near Ballygawley today.Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone gaelic football manager Mickey Harte was strangled, Mauritius police have said.Michaela McAreavey, 27, was found dead at the Legends hotel in Mauritius where she was staying while on honeymoon.The 27-year-old Irish woman had married John McAreavey, a member of Down's gaelic football team, on 30 December. He is not a suspect.Police in Mauritius intend to question six people about the killing later on Tuesday.

A wedding sign and balloons telling wedding guests directions to the church near the family home in Ballygawley

A wedding sign and balloons telling wedding guests directions to the church near the family home in Ballygawley

Justin Kernoghan

Mickey Harte (centre), is comforted at the family home outside Ballygawley in Co Tyrone

Mickey Harte (centre), is comforted at the family home outside Ballygawley in Co Tyrone

(From the left) Mickey Harte, John McAreavey, Michaela Harte, Bishop John McAreavey and Brendan McAreavey are seen on the wedding day of Michaela Harte and John McAreavey

(From the left) Mickey Harte, John McAreavey, Michaela Harte, Bishop John McAreavey and Brendan McAreavey are seen on the wedding day of Michaela Harte and John McAreavey

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Donegal Celtic and Cliftonville observe a minutes silence in respect of Michaela Harte at the game in west Belfast

Donegal Celtic and Cliftonville observe a minutes silence in respect of Michaela Harte at the game in west Belfast

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaella

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaella

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaela after the All Ireland Football Final 28/9/2003

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and his daughter Michaela after the All Ireland Football Final 28/9/2003

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Michaela Harte, daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte.  Pic by Ian Magill.  23/3/10.Real Woman feature by Stephanie Bell.

Michaela Harte, daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte. Pic by Ian Magill. 23/3/10.Real Woman feature by Stephanie Bell.

Ian Magill

Michaela Harte

Michaela Harte

Ian Magill

Irish News handout of (left to right) Mickey Harte, John McAreavey, Michaela Harte, Bishop John McAreavey and Brendan McAreavey  on the wedding day of Michaela Harte and John McAreavey at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010. Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte was murdered in her hotel room, police in Mauritius confirmed today.

Irish News handout of (left to right) Mickey Harte, John McAreavey, Michaela Harte, Bishop John McAreavey and Brendan McAreavey on the wedding day of Michaela Harte and John McAreavey at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010. Michaela, the daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte was murdered in her hotel room, police in Mauritius confirmed today.

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Tyrone manager Mickey Harte with his son David and daughter Michaela after his side's win at Croke Park

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte with his son David and daughter Michaela after his side's win at Croke Park

Trevor Martin.

Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte graduates at Queens University pictured with his daughter Machela who also graduatedand became a Bachelor in Education

Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte graduates at Queens University pictured with his daughter Machela who also graduatedand became a Bachelor in Education

Michaela Harte appearing on the television programme the Late Late Show.

Michaela Harte appearing on the television programme the Late Late Show.

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Tyrone manager Mickey Harte celebrates with his daughter Michaela and his son Matthew

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte celebrates with his daughter Michaela and his son Matthew

©INPHO/Patrick Bolger

John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010.

John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte are seen on their wedding day at St. Malacheys Church Ballymacilrory on December 30, 2010.

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Mickey Harte, pictured in 2006 with his daughter Michaela

Mickey Harte, pictured in 2006 with his daughter Michaela

Michaela McAreavey was found strangled in her hotel room

Michaela McAreavey was found strangled in her hotel room

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John and Michaela McAreavey on their honeymoon

The prime minister of Mauritius last night revealed that he knows who leaked photographs of Michaela McAreavey's dead body to a newspaper.

Navin Ramgoolam said police have interviewed the Mauritian 'Sunday Times' journalist involved.

And they have established that the source of the pictures did not come from within the police force itself, Mr Ramgoolam said, but from someone else close to the case.

As the family of the murdered honeymooner again spoke about their outrage at the decision to publish the graphic images, the authorities said they expected the source of the leak to be confirmed within days.

"I want to extend my sympathies to the McAreavey and Harte families for what happened on Sunday," Mr Ramgoolam said.

"It is disgusting, disrespectful and only adds to their grief. There is no excuse for this."

The Mauritian police last night independently confirmed that it had identified the person suspected of giving the photos to the newspaper.

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And it has also emerged that another newspaper was given the same morbid pictures -- allegedly from the same source.

"A journalist at (Saturday newspaper) 'Journal de Samedi' was given the same pictures, but the editorial board refused to publish them," said a police source.

But the Mauritian 'Sunday Times' decided to splash the images on its front page and across an inside spread.

It came just days after two hotel workers -- Sandip Moonea and Avinash Treebhoowoon -- were acquitted of Michaela's murder by a Mauritian jury.

Michaela (27), from Co Tyrone, was strangled at the former Legends Hotel on the island in January 2011, while on honeymoon with her new husband, Down GAA player John McAreavey.

Mr Ramgoolam said police have "removed the material from the 'Sunday Times', they have interviewed the journalist in question". He said they now have a solid idea of who had leaked the pictures.

It came after Imraan Hosany, who edits the Mauritian 'Sunday Times', said he would co-operate with a police investigation into the incident.

Mr Hosany apologised and said the motive was not sensationalism. Instead, it was "to recall that such a heinous crime remained unpunished".

But the Harte and McAreavey families said the hurt caused by the publication of the pictures cannot be undone.

"As an editor he made a calculated decision to use photographs and images that no responsible media outlet would have touched," they said.

"He further exacerbated his actions by printing an inexcusable editorial in a feeble attempt to justify what was wholly unjustifiable."

It has been a torrid week for the family, after John McAreavey returned from eight weeks in Mauritius in the knowledge that his wife's killer is still at large.

Mr Ramgoolam said: "I personally want John McAreavey and the Harte family to know that we will not stop until we find who killed Michaela. A murder has been committed. It has not been solved. And we will leave no stone unturned until it is."

Mr Ramgoolam said he is writing to both the PSNI and gardai to invite them to send officers to help with the inquiry.

"We would welcome detectives from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to join the investigation," he said, "and I will be writing to Enda Kenny to tell him that."

He added: "A judicial inquiry will begin within the next day or two and everything will be re-examined and every lead followed up. The fact remains that a murder has been committed, the culprit or culprits are still at large and we will stop at nothing until they are found."

The Supreme Court trial raised a number of concerns about the way in which the Mauritian police handled the investigation, with one of the accused alleging he was subjected to brutal torture to coerce him into making a confession.

Yet Mr Ramgoolam, who trained as a doctor at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, is adamant the Mauritian police followed "due process throughout" and are not responsible for last Thursday's verdict.


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