Mauritius lawyers have details ‘about real killer’

Lawyers for the Mauritian men acquitted of the murder of Michaela McAreavey are today expected to say they have information which could lead to the arrest of the culprit.

It came as the Mauritius director of public prosecurtions Satyajit Boolell said there would be a “independent fact finding commission” into the Michaela McAreavey murder case, according to a BBC report.

Mr Boolell said he was “disappointed” with the verdict but told local media he was nevertheless satisfied with the professionalism of the prosecution.

In response to the intense criticism of police behaviour during the investigation, he said it was too easy to accuse police of brutality.

“It is time for the police to record the confessions by suspects,” he said, adding that forensic reports to the police should be made more detailed to facilitate the police investigation.

“This is not the time to point fingers at anyone. I want justice for the family Harte,” he said.

Mr Boolell said while it may not happen immediately, he was looking at ways to re-open the case.

Meanwhile, Sanjeev Teeluckdharry, who represented Avinash Treebhoowon, and Rama Valayden, who represented Sandip Mooneea, are to hold a press conference at which they will claim information in their possession could form part of a new murder investigation.

However, as John McAreavey and family members yesterday left the paradise island where she was killed, his Mauritian lawyer Dick Su Wa told Newstalk there was “no hope” that Mrs McAreavery’s killer would be brought to justice.

“I am, of course, angry and frustrated. I was disappointed by the verdict. I accept it but it doesn’t mean I am happy with it. I think it [the investigation] is over, to be honest.”

Mr Treebhoowon was due to meet his legal team yesterday to discuss whether to take legal action against the authorities.

His solicitor Mr Teeluckdharry said the “incompetence” of the police force had made the country’s flag “fly at half mast” .

“I hope the inquiry is re-opened and the matter is investigated in a topical, scientific and serious manner so that we can find justice,” said Mr Teeluckdharry.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday said he was heartbroken for Mrs McAreavey’s family and criticised the outcome and the legal process.

“I noted the words of the prime minister [of Mauritius] that justice will be done and justice will be seen to be done — and clearly it hasn’t been done,” he said.

The two families issued a second statement yesterday thanking people for their support and asking the media to respect their privacy.

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