Robert Murat to be investigated again in Madeleine McCann's disappearance. This time he is one of the seven people Scotland Yard requested to be questioned because they are deemed “of special interest”.
|Robert Murat was the first suspect |
to be constituted as arguido by the Judiciary Police
by Marisa Rodrigues
Robert Murat's wife, Michaela Walczuch, and her former husband, Luís António, are also on the list of people identified to appear for questioning within the scope of the fifth letter rogatory of the process that is being investigated in the United Kingdom. A list that has already received authorization from the Public Ministry (MP) and was sent to the Judiciary Police (PJ) headquarters in the South to be implemented.
These three people know Sergey Malinka, a Russian citizen constituted as arguido in July, in a request of the British authorities that was included in a previous letter rogatory.
Robert was the first to be constituted as arguido [formal suspect] in the Portuguese process, a few days after the disappearance of the English girl, in 2007. Maddie's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, were the next to be constituted as arguidos. Murat was cleared of all suspicions.
The Luso-German* woman and her former companion were witnesses in the Portuguese process. The others on the list of the seven considered of interest are: A Portuguese man that used to work at the Ocean Club, a man with similarities to one of the e-fits and a British couple. Besides the questionings of the arguidos, the prosecutor from the Public Ministry of Portimão, Inês Sequeira, has also authorized the questioning of witnesses.
The seven [arguidos] interrogatories and the four [witnesses] examinations were scheduled to take place next week, at the PJ headquarters in Faro, with set dates and times. However, in the meantime, a request for an amendment of the fifth letter rogatory arrived at the PJ, precisely at a time when the letter was about to be carried out, which has led to the postponement of everything.
The legal statute, within the procedural framework, of each one of the persons included in the list might also change. The alteration to the letter rogatory will have to be re-analysed by the prosecutor of Portimão, who is not working, due to being ill, therefore it is not yet certain when the new scheduling will be known.
Robert Murat, British, whose educational background happened in Portugal, masters both languages, serving as an interpreter in several investigations done by the GNR, and later, by the PJ. He even postponed his own flight to England, at the PJ request, so he could remain at their service.
A constant presence that a journalist found suspicious [Lori Campbell - see Robert Murat was accused by 2 British "journalists"], comparing Robert to a suspect [Ian Huntley, The Soham Murderers] that was always at the crime scene and around the police.
Later on the group of friends with which the McCann couple were spending their holidays pointed accusing fingers at Robert, identifying him as the man some of them said they saw carrying a child on the night of 3 of May 2007.
The British man ended up being constituted as arguido 11 days after the disappearance. The house where he lived with his mother, a few metres away from the Ocean Club, was the target of [intense] searches, holes were opened on the property using sophisticated technological equipment to search for traces of the child; cars and computers were carefully examined, no evidence was ever found.
The absence of indicia about what happened to Madeleine led to the archival in 2008. At the PJ request, the process was reopened last year, in October.
in Jornal de Notícias, Nov. 19 2014, paper edition
Note* Luso - A prefix meaning Portuguese (after the Roman province of Lusitania, roughly corresponding to modern Portugal); A person of Portuguese heritage, origin, or ethnicity.
In Spanish at Mercedes' blog: Caso Madeleine McCann: Ingleses vuelven a investigar al primer arguido del caso Maddie