Newspaper apology over McAreavey death pictures

The Mauritian Sunday Times newspaper has apologised for publishing photographs of honeymooner Michaela McAreavey’s body after she was found murdered in her hotel room.

The paper’s director, General Imran Hosany, said the motive was not sensationalism but was “to recall that such a heinous crime remained unpunished”.

Mrs McAreavey, 27, from Co Tyrone, was killed in her room at the Legends hotel in Mauritius in January 2011.

She had been on her honeymoon with her husband, John. The photographs of her body were taken at the crime scene in her hotel room.

Last week, two former workers at the hotel were found not guilty of her murder.

Mauritian police raided the newspaper offices in Port Louis in search of the photographs.

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said the actions of the Mauritian Sunday Times in publishing the photographs were “callous and unjustifiable”.

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny also condemned the move.

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