Mauritius Government to re-examine Michaela McAreavey murder case
Michaela was tragically killed in her hotel room while on honeymoon in 2011.
The Mauritius Government has agreed to re-examine the case of Michaela McAreavey, according to the Northern Ireland Government.
The Tyrone teacher and daughter of GAA coach Mickey Harte was killed in her hotel room while on honeymoon in 2011, two hotel workers in Mauritius were subsequently acquitted of the 27-year-old's murder.
Two former workers at the luxury resort, Sandip Moneea and Avinash Treebhoowoon, were acquitted after a high-profile trial on the holiday island in the summer of 2012.
Michaela's husband John criticised the trial at the time and has since led a long campaign for justice on Michaela's behalf.
Now, Northern Ireland's former First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill have confirmed the incident is being looked at again.
“Michaela McAreavey was a remarkable young woman; adored by her family, friends, and students. The taking of her young life was devastating for all who knew her," O'Neill said in a joint statement via PA News.
“In pursuit of justice for Michaela, the Harte and McAreavey families have fought a decade-long battle with dignity and determination. We gave a commitment to support them in that battle and I’m encouraged that we have now received agreement from the Mauritian government to look again at the case.
“Michaela deserves justice and the very least her family deserves is truth. No stone should be left unturned in pursuing that, and we will continue to do all we can to see it delivered.”
Foster, who stepped down from her role as First Minister earlier today added that she felt a "personal and professional responsibility to do everything possible to bring about justice for a young woman who was so cruelly taken from the many people who knew and loved her".
The North’s First Minister and deputy First Minister met with the McAreavey family on Monday to update them on the case.
Michaela's husband John has since welcomed the development via Twitter, writing: "A significant step in the right direction. Thank you, Michelle and Arlene.”