Page last updated at 21:17 GMT, Monday, 7 July 2008 22:17 UK

Hope over Scarlett's organ return

Scarlett Keeling
Scarlett Keeling was found dead on a beach in the resort of Anjuna

The mother of a British teenager who was murdered in Goa has said she is "hopeful" the government could help her recover the 15-year-old's organs.

Scarlett Keeling's uterus, stomach and kidneys are being held by Goan authorities following the discovery of her semi-naked body in February.

Fiona MacKeown, 43, from Bradworthy, Devon, met senior Foreign Office Minister Lord Malloch Brown in London.

"He was very supportive and said he'd do what he could," Ms MacKeown said.

The discovery of Scarlett's missing organs was made after her body was flown back home and a third post-mortem examination was carried out by the Devon coroner.

If we were to speak out, they'd have to listen
Fiona MacKeown

Scarlett's mother has said she did not give permission for her daughter's organs to be removed.

She returned to Goa in April to try to recover the organs, but was refused permission.

When Scarlett's body was found on Anjuna beach on 19 February, Goa police said her death was an accidental drowning.

But following pressure from Ms MacKeown, a second post-mortem examination revealed the teenager had been raped and killed.

Tests also revealed that Scarlett had taken ecstasy, cocaine and LSD on the night she died.

'Real threat'

Ms MacKeown has repeatedly claimed links between local police officials, politicians and the drugs mafia hampered a proper investigation, which is now being handled by the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

At the meeting with the minister in London, Scarlett's mother said she also discussed the possibility of changing the travel advice to Britons visiting Goa.

Fiona MacKeown
Fiona MacKeown will return to Goa in a few weeks

"Tourism is their main trade in Goa, so, if we were to speak out, they'd have to listen," she said.

"It would dent their economy if they don't. Once they issue a warning seriously, it affects insurance and we do pose a real threat.

"How seriously they will issue the warnings, I don't know."

She will return to Goa in a few weeks to talk to the CBI about the progress of the investigation.

"I've a lot of information to give them," she said.

Scarlett was on holiday with her family, who were travelling elsewhere in the region when she was killed.

Ms MacKeown believes Scarlett was raped by more than one man on the night she died.

Two men have been arrested over Scarlett's 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 in April.






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