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Scarlett's organs remain in India

Fiona MacKeown said she hoped her daughter's organs would be tested in the UK

The mother of murdered Scarlett Keeling has returned from India to the UK without her daughter's organs, which were removed during a post-mortem.

Fiona MacKeown flew back on Sunday, having failed to get Scarlett's uterus, kidneys, stomach and liver so that she can bury her 15-year-old daughter.

She told the BBC that the Indian authorities had told her that the organs would eventually be returned.

Mrs MacKeown also said a "powerful person" was involved in the murder.

Scarlett was found dead on Anjuna beach, Goa, in February, and police initially said the teenager died from accidental drowning.

We have had confirmation that a certain person is involved. He is a powerful person with money.
Fiona MacKeown

However, a second post-mortem examination, urged by her mother, showed she had been raped and killed after taking ecstasy, cocaine and LSD.

Her body was brought back to the UK for a third post-mortem, which revealed some of her organs were missing.

Mrs MacKeown said: "As far as I am concerned it is against human rights to violate a child's body like that and not inform the parent.

"They've agreed to give me the organs back, they've never had to do it before so they don't know what the procedure is."

Scarlett Keeling
Scarlett Keeling was raped and murdered in Goa

She said that the reason for her daughter's organs being kept by the Indian authorities was partly because Scarlett's body had been the subject of two autopsies, and also because of a "lack of communication" by forensics teams in India.

Mrs MacKeown said she wanted Scarlett's organs to be tested in the UK.

"I have to keep the pressure on the government to do something. I'd like justice for my daughter's murder. I'd like to know what happened to her.

"I'd like the organs back and I'd like to make some changes so other people don't have to go through this, i.e. with the forensics and maybe the police force."

Mrs MacKeown has alleged police officials covered up evidence over her daughter's death to protect the tourism trade and drug dealers.

Two men have been arrested over the death. Samson D'Souza, 28, has been charged with rape and is in police custody.

Placido Carvalho, who was questioned on suspicion of involvement in Scarlett's rape and murder, was granted bail by a court in Goa on 4 April.

On her return from India, Mrs MacKeown said many people had told her the name of a person responsible for the killing.

"We have had confirmation that a certain person is involved. He is a powerful person with money.

"I am waiting for the CBI inquiry to start and I will tell them everything I know. It would explain a lot - why the police have tried to cover it up."



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