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Michaela's family to sue Mauritian paper for publishing dead body images

The 27-year-old was on honeymoon at the Legends (now Lux) Hotel in January 2011 when she was murdered.

John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte on their wedding day.
John McAreavey and wife Michaela Harte on their wedding day.
Image: Irish News/PA Archive/Press Association Images

THE MCAREAVEY AND Harte families have taken a civil case for damages against a Mauritian newspaper that published pictures of Michaela McAreavey’s dead body.

The 27-year-old was on honeymoon at the Legends (now Lux) Hotel in January 2011 when she was murdered in her hotel room.

The 12 black-and-white images, printed in the paper on 15 July 2012, were taken in the aftermath of the murder.

According to BBC News, the family should get an estimated €370,000 for suing the Mauritius Sunday Times and its editor Imran Hosany – a case that is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

Hosany apologised to both the McAreavey and Harte families, as well as the people and governments of Ireland and Mauritius, however his apology was rejected by both families.

He was later arrested and charged for publishing the photographs and is currently on bail.

In July, two hotel workers, Sandip Moneea and Avinash Treebhoowoon were cleared of killing the County Tyrone woman.

Read: Michaela’s family to pursue legal action against Mauritius hotel >

Read: McAreavey, Harte families reject Mauritian Sunday Times apology for Michaela photos >

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