Mauritius paper publishes photos of Michaela McAreavey body in hotel room
A Mauritian newspaper called 'Sunday Times' has published photographs of the hotel room crime scene where Michaela McAreavey was killed, including images of her body.
In total around 12 black and white images of the crime scene were published today in a local Mauritius newspaper called 'Sunday Times'.
On the front page there is a photograph of Ms McAreavey taken after her death - under the headline 'Exclusive'.
Inside the paper, there are more images of the crime scene, including the hotel room and the bathroom.
There are also close up pictures of Ms McAreavey's injuries.
Who gave the photos to the newspaper has yet to be established.
Efforts to make contact with the paper today have so far proved unsuccessful.
Earlier this week two men were acquitted of her murder after an eight-week trial.
The McAreavey and Harte families have issued a joint statement in response to the publication of the pictures.
In a statement, the spokesperson for the families said: “As the families struggle to come to terms with the result from the trial - this action by the newspaper is not only insensitive to their grief but marks another low in the treatment of John, the two families and the dignity of Michaela.”
In a statement, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “The publication of these images represents an appalling invasion of privacy and is a gross affront to human dignity. There are issues of fundamental human rights in question in relation to this deeply upsetting matter.
“This reprehensible act can only add to the pain and suffering of the McAreavey and Harte families and our thoughts and sympathies are again with them at this time.
“On behalf of the people of Ireland, the Government will be lodging a formal complaint in the strongest possible terms, with the Government of Mauritius.”
Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton also said he is appalled at the publication of the photographs.
He said the family had been treated in an appalling way, and the Government would be looking to see how it could take steps to protect the family.
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