Scarlett murder: Police want to record mother’s statement in Britain

March 2nd, 2009 - 4:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, March 2 (IANS) The police here want to send a team to Britain to record the statement of Fiona Mackeown, mother of British teenager Scarlett Keeling killed under mysterious circumstances here a year ago, in a case of criminal negligence pending against her, a police official said Monday.
“We have moved an application to the (state’s) home ministry seeking their permission to record Fiona’s statement in UK as she is not willing to come to India,” Superintendent of Police (North) Tony Fernandes told IANS.

He said the home ministry is expected to reply within couple of weeks.

“We have to get her statement to proceed with our enquiries in the negligence case,” Fernandes said.

Mackeown had earlier expressed fear of being killed by the drug mafia in Goa if she returned in connection with the case filed against her by lawyer Aires Rodrigues.

Rodrigues had claimed that it was Mackeown’s neglect of her 15-year-old daughter Keeling which resulted in the latter’s brutal rape and murder at Anjuna beach Feb 18 last year.

Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation, which is probing the murder case, is also expected to record Mackeown’s statement with the help of the Interpol in Britain.

The police had earlier tried to dismiss Keeling’s death as a suicide. But Mackeown’s subsequent campaign for justice had attracted international spotlight and exposed Goa tourism’s ugly underbelly.

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