Irish Ambassador to Mauritius meets with Prime Minister Ramgoolam20 July 2012
The Irish Ambassador to Mauritius, Brendan Mc Mahon, met today in Port Louis with Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam and Foreign Minister Arvin Boolell.
In the meeting, Ambassador McMahon expressed the concern felt in Ireland at recent events in relation to the investigation and trial of the late Michaela McAreavey. In particular, he expressed to them the deep distress and hurt which these have caused to Michaela’s family, who remain first and foremost in our thoughts.
The Prime Minister advised the Ambassador that the Government of Mauritius deeply regretted and condemned the leaking and publication of the photographs which appeared in the Sunday Times of Mauritius. He indicated that there would be a thorough police investigation into the matter and that anyone found to be involved faced prosecution.
In regard to the ongoing investigation into Michaela’s death, the Prime Minister indicated the intention of the Mauritian authorities to establish a judicial enquiry to examine the case and to see what further actions can be taken to bring the perpetrators to justice in accordance with Mauritian law. He also informed the Ambassador that a new police team is to be appointed to carry on the investigation.
I want to thank Prime Minister Ramgoolan for this response and for the cooperation which we are receiving from the Mauritian authorities.
The Irish Government will continue to meet its full consular responsibilities to Michaela, her husband John and their families, as it does to all Irish citizens. The offers of assistance from the authorities in Northern Ireland and the UK are greatly appreciated. In regard to the question of external police cooperation, the Government is happy to consider any approach from the Mauritian authorities for assistance as the enquiry and investigation proceed, bearing in mind the need for due process and to avoid any action that might prejudice a future prosecution. We are ready to liaise with the authorities in Northern Ireland, in this regard.
My Department is in close contact with the families and we will continue to offer them every consular support and advice. I would ask that their privacy be respected at this very difficult time.