Michaella solicitor releases statement

Michaella McCollum Connolly pictured with Melissa Reid shortly after her arrest.

Michaella McCollum Connolly pictured with Melissa Reid shortly after her arrest.

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RENOWNED international law firm Madden and Finucane is representing Dungannon woman Michaella McCollum Connolly who is currently in police custody in Peru.

Peter Madden, managing partner of Madden and Finucane, has released a statement on behalf of the family who are requesting privacy.

He said Michaella has been questioned by the police and has denied involvement in any criminal offence.

“Michaella’s family are obviously shocked and distressed by the recent events but are confident that Michaella will be exonerated. The family fully support her and they are making arrangements to travel to Peru. They have contacted support groups in Lima to ensure that her current needs are met,” he said.

Mr Madden said he is arranging legal representation for her in Lima.

“I spoke to Michaella last night and she emphasised that she denied that she was guilty of any offence. She is well. She is not on hunger strike. She is finding it difficult to cope with the current situation, so far from home, but is optimistic.

“The family want privacy at this time and hopefully this will be respected by the press and media.”