Northern Ireland

Michaela photos: police search newspaper offices

John McAreavey leaving the court in Mauritius during the trial
Image caption The Irish deputy prime minister said justice must be seen to be done for Michaela and John McAreavey and their families.

Mauritius police have raided the offices of the Sunday Times newspaper in Port Louis in search of crime scene photos of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey.

A police spokesman said no photographs were found,

He said no one has been questioned by police about the photographs and no one has been arrested.

He added that police are continuing to gather information about the publication of the photographs.

Meanwhile, the Irish ambassador to Mauritius is to make a "strong protest" over the publication of the photos.

The ambassador will also press for an urgent examination of the murder case.

Mrs McAreavey, a 27-year-old teacher from County Tyrone, was killed in her room at the Legends hotel in Mauritius in January 2011.

'Invasion of privacy'

"The ambassador will in the first instance convey a strong protest to the Mauritian authorities at what appears to be the leaking of evidential material to the local media there," said Irish deputy prime minister Eamon Gilmore.

"He will also enquire as to what further actions will be undertaken by the authorities there to investigate the murder."

Mr Gilmore said he had not seen the photographs, which included a full-length image of Mrs McAreavey's body in her hotel room and close-ups of injuries on her neck.

"I would consider looking at those photos to be an invasion of Michaela's privacy and the privacy of her family," he said.

He said he had spoken to John McAreavey, and that he was very concerned that "an urgent examination of the case be undertaken to ensure that justice will be seen to be done for Michaela, John and their families".

"I believe the Mauritian authorities have a responsibility to ensure that evidence did not come into the hands of the media," said Mr Gilmore.

"I'm very concerned that did happen."

Irish prime minister Enda Kenny and Northern Ireland deputy first minister Martin McGuinness had also condemned the newspaper, which has no connection to any British or Irish company.

Mr McAreavey and other family members returned home from Mauritius at the weekend, after a gruelling eight-week trial.

Legends hotel workers Sandip Moneea and Avinash Treebhoowoon were cleared of Mrs McAreavey's killing by a jury at the Supreme Court in Port Louis last Thursday, 12 July.

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