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John and Michaela’s wedding day

John and Michaela’s wedding day

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John and Michaela’s wedding day

Police in Mauritius are launching a new investigation into the murder of Irish honeymooner Michaela McAreavey.

Almost a decade since the young Irish teacher was murdered on the paradise island, a fresh attempt will be made to bring her killers to justice.

However, her widower John McAreavey has labelled the exercise "bulls***". He believes it is a reaction to criticism he made of the links between the Mauritian State and Liverpool FC.

Michaela was the 27-year-old daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte.

Attempts were made last night to contact Mr McAreavey and Mr Harte by the Herald.

Mr McAreavey took to Twitter to comment on reports from Mauritius about the new probe.

Launched

"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 @LFC (Liverpool Football Club).

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

Mr McAreavey recently said he felt "sick" to learn Liverpool FC had partnered with the Mauritius Tourism Authority.

The lawyer for the McAreavey and Harte families, Dick Ng Sui Wa, told the L'Express paper in Mauritius that a new police team will be investigating the murder. "A new team will be set up to re-examine the dossier. The inquiry needs a new sense of direction," he said.

Michaela, a former Rose of Tralee contestant, was killed at a luxury resort on the island in January 2011. The case sent shock waves through Ireland and the world.

Strangled

The new bride was found strangled in the bathtub of her hotel suite after returning alone to her room after lunch.

Two hotel workers, Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea, were arrested in connection with the murder but were later acquitted.

Last week Mr McAreavey tweeted his anger over the partnership between Liverpool FC and the Mauritius Tourism Authority.

He wrote how he had found it "really disappointing".

He tagged Liverpool FC and the Mauritian prime minister, Pravind Jugnauth, in the tweet.

He wrote that Mauritius were unable to guarantee safety for tourists and the move had "complete disregard" for murder victims.

"I have huge respect for Liverpool, as a club, for everything they stand for and how they have pursued justice for their own people for so long. Seeing this makes me feel sick."