01 December 2019 04:36
Image caption Mr McAreavey says Mauritian authorities need to do more to bring his wife's killers to justice John McAreavey, whose wife Michaela was murdered on honeymoon in Mauritius, has said he fears authorities in the country have given up on the case. Mrs McAreavey, daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte, was found strangled in a bath at a hotel 12 days after her wedding in January 2011. Mauritian police launched a fresh investigation following the trial, but it came to nothing. Mr McAreavey said the Mauritian authorities needed to do more to bring her killers to justice. Image copyright PA Image caption John and Michaela McAreavey on their wedding day in 2011 He said: "Inevitably we need action so the questions that I am posing to the Mauritian authorities, I would (also) like our political representatives on this island to pose the same questions through the correct channels and to ask 'what is happening with this case and what are you going to do?' Two years ago, the Mauritian authorities said they had stepped up their investigation and have always made it a priority.
Image copyright McAreavey family Image caption Mr McAreavey says he would love the opportunity to "strive for justice one more time for Michaela" He said: "The next time I'd like to go back to Mauritius is to attend a trial. "I would love to have the opportunity to try to strive for justice one more time for Michaela." John and Michaela McAreavey on their wedding day in 2010 The family of an Irish woman murdered on her honeymoon in Mauritius have launched a podcast they say will help listeners understand the "circus act" trial that acquitted two suspects. Michaela McAreavey was found strangled and half-submerged in the bath of the honeymoon suite she had been sharing with husband John on 10 January 2011. Image: John McAreavey has previously returned to Mauritius to appeal for help in catching his wife's killer Almost nine years after her death, Mr McAreavey has announced a podcast called Murder In Mauritius, which he says will shine a light on what it was like to attend the "kangaroo court" every day. Mr McAreavey, who has previously offered a £43,000 reward to help catch whoever killed his wife, said that public interest in the trial turned it into a "big circus act".
He said he still had "faith in the jury" to convict the men, with more than 50 witnesses having given evidence, and said the verdict left him feeling betrayed by the Mauritian justice system. Mr McAreavey said he would keep fighting for justice, and is pinning his hopes on a change in Mauritian law that could see the former suspects face a retrial if compelling evidence emerges. He said the family have maintained a dialogue with the Mauritian authorities in the years since the trial, but hoped the podcast would bring the case back into the spotlight.