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John McAreavey meets prime minister of Mauritius

John McAreavey arrives at Mauritius International Airport on Saturday
Staff Reporter

JOHN McAreavey has met the Prime Minister of Mauritius to discuss the police investigation into his wife Michaela's murder.

He met with Pravind Jugnauth after police told him an elite task force was investigating the killing.

Mrs McAreavey (27), the daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football manager Mickey Harte, was found strangled to death in a bath at a luxury hotel while on honeymoon in January 2011.

Two hotel workers were tried for murder, but found not guilty in 2012. A later police investigation did not lead to any charges.

Mr McAreavey, who arrived in Mauritius with his sister Claire and Michaela's brother Mark Harte at the weekend, thanked the prime minister for the "very significant" meeting.

He said he was prepared "to go to the ends of the earth to ensure that justice is achieved for Michaela".

"If we have to be back next week, we will be back, if we have to be back next month, next year, we will be here," he told the BBC.

Earlier Mr McAreavey, who remarried last year, described 45 minutes of talks with senior police officers as "short but positive".

Mauritian director of public prosecutions Satyajit Boolell insisted the police investigation into the murder at Legends Hotel had not been closed.

"We are as determined, we are as concerned as he is," he said.

"Any crime on our territory is a blot on our peaceful reputation."

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