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Michaela McAreavey murder: John McAreavey hits out as police in Mauritius launch 'new' probe

John and Michaela McAreavey

POLICE in Mauritius say they are launching a new investigation into the murder of Michaela McAreavey.

But her widower John McAreavey has hit out at the claim, coming shortly after he criticised a deal between the country's tourism authorities and Liverpool FC.

He posted on Twitter: "I note that the Mauritius Gov has launched a 'new' police investigation into Michaela's murder. This comes one week after I questioned their partnership with Liverpool FC.

"Perhaps people will now understand the type of bulls*** I have had to put up with for so long. #JusticeforMichaela."

Last month, he said he felt "sick" to learn Liverpool FC had joined in a partnership with the Mauritian tourism authority, and said the soccer club should reconsider the deal.

Mrs McAreavey, the daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte, was on honeymoon in Mauritius with her husband when she was murdered in January 2011.

No-one has been convicted of her killing.

A lawyer for the McAreavey and Harte families, Dick Ng Sui Wa, told L'Express newspaper in Mauritius that a new police team would be investigating the killing.

"A new team will be set up to re-examine the dossier. The inquiry needs a new sense of direction," he said.

Mrs McAreavey (27), a schoolteacher from Ballygawley, was strangled and found dead in the bathroom of their suite at the Legends hotel in the resort of Grand Gaube.

John McAreavey, widower of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey. Picture by Charles Chan/PA

Two hotel workers – Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea – were accused of murdering her and stood trial in Port Louis, but they were found not guilty.

Mr McAreavey has accused Mauritian authorities of indifference and inaction on the case, claiming they are more interested in preserving the island's reputation as a holiday destination than catching the killers.

He had expressed his disappointment that Liverpool FC had unveiled Mauritius as its new official tourism and economic development partner.

"Liverpool is known throughout the world not just for their football prowess, but for how they have campaigned for long and hard for their own injustices around the Hillsborough disaster," he told the BBC.

"They are a club that seek out truth and justice and that is what I have been doing for nearly 10 years."

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